Pro-Assad Militias Seize Strategic Town of Al Hader

Militia factions from six countries, including Iran and Afghanistan, participate in attack on the town as opposition factions withdraw towards Eis

The strategic town of Al Hader in the southern countryside of Aleppo has fallen into the hands of regime forces, amid an unprecedented aerial bombardment campain.

Around nine militia factions from six countries, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, as well as fighters from the Syrian National Defense Force, Nusur az-Zawbaa, Syrian Hezbollah, and Baath Brigades militias participated in the attack on the town.

Regime forces had been making significant progress fighting in the town since October 10, also seizing several villages and hills in the southeastern and southern countryside of Aleppo.

Al Hader is the latest achievement for these forces, after the withdrawal of opposition factions towards the strategic town of Eis and its surrounding hill, which overlooks the international highway.

Al Hader acts a strategic town on the Aleppo-Damascus international highway, which is considered the main commercial artery in northern Syria.

The town is located 10 km from the ICARDA agricultural project, considered one of the most important military headquarters of Ahrar ash-Sham Islamic Movement on the international highway. Al Hader lies about 25 km away from Saraqeb, which regime forces are eager to regain control over.

The town and its surrounding villages, towns and hills, have been under the control of Ahrar ash-Sham Islamic Movement since December 2012.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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