Studies: Iranian-backed militias’ loses in #Aleppo for six months

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 9 November, 2016
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a- IRGC ,Lebanese Hezbollah & Iraqi Nujabaa Movement’s military bases in Aleppo

Iran relies in its operations aiming to take control of the city of Aleppo, mainly on the Lebanese Hezbollah militia and the Iraqi movement of Nujabaa which is a part of the “Popular Mobilization Forces”, and a little bit on the “Baqir” Iraqi brigade, and the Afghan brigade of Fatemioun, and here is an overview for the most important bases for these militias in Aleppo:

  1. Jabal Azzan, al-Wdihi  and al-Hader in Aleppo southern countryside: these areas mainly include elements from the Iraqi movement of Nujabaa , groups of Hezbollah’s elite forces, and the Iranian  brigade of Mazandaran, supported by elements of the al-Assad militias for logistics. All these militias overseen by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers, and this base is of the most important and the largest Iranian bases in Aleppo.
  2. The Defense plants in al-Sfyrah: includes militias of the Iraqi Nujaba movement, Lebanese Hezbollah, and the Iranian brigade of Mazandaran as well as al-Assad militias, and also supervised by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers.
  3.  Military Academy at the western entrance of Aleppo is one of the largest strongholds of the Iraqi Nujabaa movement, where there are a few groups of Hezbollah’s elite forces, and groups of the al-Assad militias take over guard duties and logistics.
  4. 4. Hamdania neighborhood: there are headquarters of Hezbollah.
  5. 5. Nubul and Zahra villages: there elite groups of the Hezbollah militia, who train local militias of villages’ residents.
  6. 6. Azizah town south of Aleppo: has headquarters of the “Baqir” Iraqi brigade of “Popular Mobilization Forces” as well as some groups of the Iraqi movement of Nujaba.
  7. 7. The industrial zone &Sheikh Najjar: Afghan brigade of Fatemioun stationed there.
  8. 8. Aleppo International Airport: controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers and others of Hezbollah where there are headquarters for Hezbollah & IRGC as well.

 

b- The most prominent battles that caused significant losses for the Iranian-backed militias in Aleppo:

  1. The Battle of Khan Tuman Aleppo Southern countryside: each of IRGC , Iranian militia of Mazandaran brigade and the Afghan Fatemioun brigade lost the town of Khan Tuman in favor of Jaysh al-Fateh on 6th. May of this year, and semi-official Iranian statistics indicate that the mentioned militias fought in this battle had lost 83 fighters.

It is noteworthy that this battle prompted the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to issue a statement in which it admitted some losses after people’s anger emerged in the Iranian city of Mazandaran.

  1. The Battle of “Khalseh” village southern Aleppo countryside: the battle took place in mid-June, and it took four full days ending with the Jaysh al-Fateh’s seizing control of the village, which formed an important turning point in the battles of the southern countryside of Aleppo. The Iraqi Nujaba movement and the Lebanese Hezbollah had lost in that battle 90 dead 38 elements out of them belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah, have been documented namely by Jaysh al-Fateh, 52 of them are from Nujabaa militia, and 12 prisoners from Lebanon's Hezbollah, also recorded the destruction of 20 mechanism for both parties.

In the next five daysas Jaysh al-Fateh seized control of the town had seen desperate attempts by IRGC, Nujabaa and Hezbollah to regain the village incurring 45 deaths, in addition to capturing a field leader in the Lebanese Hezbollah.

 

  1. The colleges’ Battles southwest of Aleppo: the attack began on 30th. July 2016 and Jaysh al-Fateh captured “Muta” and “Syriatel” hills, the majority of the “1070 apartments project”, the town of “al-Sherfeh”, al-Hekmah school and the rocket battalion to become later on the outskirts of the Artillery Academy in Ramouseh area, and then captured the the town of Amiriyah and fuels &al-Jamyat hills, then had the Artillery Academy. Meanwhile, Fateh Halab operations room seized control of the neighborhood of Ramouseh breaking the siege imposed on the eastern part of Aleppo without creating completely safe way, those operations lasted for 5 days had 75 elements of Hezbollah ,112 of Nujaba 230 militants of the al-Assad regime, most of them were killed as the al-Hekma school was targeted by several bomb cars; where there were a huge gathering of Iraqi fighters from Nujabaa , Lebanese Hezbollah as well as the al-Assad regime’s.

This was followed by almost daily battles; as Nujabaa and Hezbollah militias alongside the al-Assad militia and throughout the entire month and almost daily tried to regain control of the colleges district, which cost great-documented losses mostly documented and posted by the factions of Jaysh al-Fateh Fateh Halab operations rooms; where many militants were killed by guided missiles.

According to statistics by Jaysh al-Fateh operations room that the various militias had lost during that month were more than 750 militants, but in September the factions of the Syrian Resistance vacated their positions in colleges area of Ramouseh and the siege was imposed again on the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo.

4. The battles of the second attempt to break the siege: Jaysh al-Fateh & Fateh Halab’s attempts renewed in order to break the siege imposed on the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo on 28th. October ; where they launched a new offensive west of Aleppo, and were able to seize control of Dahyat al-Assad area, and the village of Menyan and enter “Halab al-Jadidah” district and carried out a quick operation, and capture 1070 apartment project entirely.

The First 4 days-battles’ Statistics indicate that Nujabaa Movement and Hezbollah lost in Dahyat al-Assad and the village of Menyan 80 militants, including 57 Nujabaa’s, and lost 55 elements as JFS targeted the command operations center in enter “Halab al-Jadidah” district with bomb cars, while 109 of the al-Assad regime troops were killed during those battles, in addition to 11 prisoners, seven of them from Nujaba and the rest are of the Lebanese Hezbollah.

The statistics recorded that the Lebanese Hezbollah  lost two new groups consist of 35 elements after being targeted by guided missiles on the hills of "Mu’ta & Uhod” and in the vicinity of the 1070 apartment project during their attempts to regain control, as Nujaba movement lost in those attacks 10 elements.

It is estimated that the death toll from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers in the various battles over the past six months amounted to 70 officers, most notably Brigadier General Gholam Reza Samae’i  one of Qassem Soleimani’s assistants.

The continuous losses over the past periods pushed Major General "Yahya Rahim Safavi" Iran's Supreme Leader adviser for military affairs, to recognize that Hezbollah has thousands of fighters lost in Syria, and that the death toll of Hezbollah is more than the Iranians dead.

 

 

c- Names of the most prominent field leaders of the Iranian-backed militias in Aleppo were killed during the last six months

 

1. Brigadier General Gholam Reza Samae’i, a senior veteran leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and very close to Qassem Soleimani.

 

2. Brigadier General Mohammad Hosseini Rafei, one of the senior leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard operating in Syria.

 

3. Brigadier General Ahmad Gholami of the Basij forces.

 

4. Brigadier General Hossein Khani of the Basij forces.

 

5. deputy commander of the Radwan unit in the Lebanese Hezbollah, "Hatem Hamada."

 

6. Brigadier "Morteza Atae’i" Supreme Commander of the Afghan Brigade Fatemioun.

 

References:

 

- The Iranian Government-issued newspaper "Jam-e Jam"

 

- Tasnim Agency, Iran.

 

- Nabatiyeh News Network of the Lebanese Hezbollah.

 

- Jaysh al-Fateh operations room.

 

- Fateh Halab operations room.

 

- ElDorar AlShamia news network Monitoring Unit

 

By:

Studies Department

the source:

ElDorar AlShamia