The battle for Aleppo. 31.10.2016 | Colonel Cassad

From an operational point of view, the tide of battle to the West of the city controlled by the SAA is developing in a rather favorable for the Syrians. It’s not like the militants will be able to cause operational crisis similar to that which happened after the capture of the artillery base of Ramouseh. Perhaps it is connected also with the fact that the change in the command of the Syrian forces in Western Aleppo more professional approach to solving tasks. On the other hand, fighters in this case are quite straightforward forehead trying to break through the wall, which of course facilitates the planning of actions for SAA.

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The offensive in Mosul. The end of October 2016 | Colonel Cassad

Apparently, the original plans of the storming of Mosul was linked to backroom agreements with the leadership of “DAESH” that was either a mutiny or retreat from Mosul to Syria. The plot backfired – conspirators were caught and executed, and the Caliphate has launched a campaign of terrorism in the controlled territories with the aim to suppress even potential unrest in its parts and in the occupied territories. At the same time, from 2 to 3 thousand fighters have been taken out of Eastern Syria and transferred under Mosul. Here, as in the old proverb “do not dig a hole for another or you will fall into it yourself”.

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Iraqi Army enters Mosul

Iraqi troops entered the Karama district of the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul on Monday, their first advance into the city itself after two weeks of fighting in the surrounding area to dislodge the militants, an officer said.

“They have entered Mosul,” General Wissam Araji of the U.S.-trained Counter Terrorism Service told Reuters. “They are fighting now in Hay (disrict) al-Karama.”

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