"Syrian government forces bolstered by Russian airstrikes recaptured territory overnight in the southwest suburbs of the battleground city of Aleppo, rolling back the short-lived gains of a rebel offensive.
Rebels and their extremist allies launched an assault Sunday in a bid to ease a more than two-week government siege of opposition-held districts of the city.
But government fighters have put up a fierce fightback, retaking several positions from beleaguered rebel forces, activists said Wednesday.
The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces seized two hilltops and two small villages in the southwest suburbs of Aleppo late Tuesday.
'The regime is launching counter-attacks to absorb the fierce rebel offensive,' said Observatory head Rami Abdel-Rahman." Daily Star & AFP
IMO the crisis has passed from the R+6 point of view. The rebel iihadis will soon begin to withdraw from their temporary gains having lost a lot of men (800-1000). The external attacks having failed, the attacks from within the encirclement will also end as the word is passed of the failure of the relief force.
In the north end of the Aleppo battle, the Tiger Forces Brigade centered task force is fighting its way through the Handarat Palestinian Refugee camp with the assistance of the Palestinian militia who live there. This was thought to be a back-up plan to provide for re-supply of West Aleppo in the event that the jihadi effort in the SW of the perimeter had succeeded. Now that seems a danger passed the Handarat operation can be seen as part of the process of gradually shrinking the rebel jihadi held area in East Aleppo.
BTW, there are no longer many "moderate" FSA unicorns in East Aleppo and most of these are more in the nature of press liaisons for foreign Borgist media.
The YPG/SDF offensive against IS east of Aleppo is playing a major role in the fighting t Aleppo by "fixing" forces in position so that they cannot be used against R+6.
IMO an R+6 occupation of East Aleppo and the large number of casualties suffered by the rebels will set the stage for a negotiated end of the war in western Syria.
The war against IS will, IMO last for at least two or three years longer. pl