Syrian troops stopped the attack of rebels to the east of Aleppo and moved to counterattack. The Al-Watan news service reported that armed bands that laid siege to the international airport north of the capital, were defeated and driven away to a considerable distance from the city.
A safety zone was established around the airport which allowed the technical services to immediately begin to repair the damaged sections of the landing strip and facilities. As expected, the megalopolis' air gateway will resume work in mid-March.
Fierce fightings have taken place 5 km from a nearby military airfield in Neirab. Troop reinforcements are redeployed to this area. At the same time the army troops are searching out extremists at a dangerous stretch of highway near overpass in Ramos passing through the eastern outskirts of Aleppo.
Sources in the Syrian military command believe that the outcome of the "battle for airfields" launched by the rebels, is predetermined. As Al-Watan notes, foreign centers that direct the actions of "rebels", meant to achieve a breakthrough on the northern front. But their plans to "change the balance of forces on the battlefield" in order to subsequently open negotiations on more favorable terms, were scattered.