Jabhat Al-Nusra’s attempted infiltration into the west Hama city of Mhardeh was thwarted by the civilian-led National Defense Forces, resulting in the death of 27 militants near the power plant. Mhardeh has been besieged for over one week now, with Jabhat Al-Nusra militants leading the charge from the village of Halfaya. As a result of the siege, civilians within the city have been without electricity in the residential areas; this is due to Al-Nusra militants targeting electrical lines and the large power plant in the northeast part of Mhardeh. According to sources in Mhardeh, the following members of Jabhat Al-Nusra were killed yesterday:

  • Ahmad Mustafa Jaddou – Jabhat Al-Nusra commander
  • Abu Shama Al-‘Urdani (Jordanian) – Jabhat Al-Nusra commander
  • Abu Raqaya Al-Mahaajar Al-Sa’aoudi (Saudi) – Jabhat Al-Nusra commander
  • Mustafa Aziza
  • Mustafa Al-Hayyani
  • ‘Umar Samaaq
  • Sameh Abu Shaar
  • Rashid Zarba
  • Bassam Badawi
  • Tariq Fatahi
  • Abdel-Rahman Al-Urdani (Jordanian)
  • Abu Qaqaa Al-Urdani (Jordanian)
  • “Abu Jaafar” – identification pending
"Abu Jaafar" killed in Mhardeh.
“Abu Jaafar” killed in Mhardeh.

Halfaya:

The Syrian Arab Army’s elite Special Forces Brigade known as the “Tiger Forces” have cutoff the Aleppo-Hama International Highway leading to the rebel-held villages of Khan Sheikhoun and Morek. According to a military source, the Tiger Forces are attacking the strategically imperative village of Halfaya from the south; utilizing heavy weapons and tanks to breakthrough the Jabhat Al-Nusra frontlines. Tiger Forces combatted a large Jabhat Al-Nusra contingent yesterday, killing dozens of militants in the process:

  • Karamo Al-Jadawa’a
  • ‘Ahmad Khalid Al-Baham
  • ‘Ahmad Mohammad Al-Dablaan
  • Mahmoud ‘Uthman Al-‘Abdullah
  • Jamal Abdel-Karim Salloum
  • Yousif Khalid Al-Hassan
  • Mohammad Suleiman ‘Ali Al-Qabteesh
  • Safwan Al-Agha
  • Tariq Al-Agha (Abu Mustafa)
  • Mohammad Zahreddine Sayadi
  • Hassan Shahada Shabka
  • Khalid Mustafa Wada’a
  • The rest were not identified
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‘Arzeh:

The Syrian Arab Army has cleared the entire village of Jabhat Al-Nusra militants, after declaring the area under fire-control four days ago. This village is in the vicinity of the strategic Hama Military Airport. Along with the retreat, the leader of Jabhat Al-Nusra, Asadullah Hamiz, was killed during the clashes yesterday:

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Asadullah Hamiz was the military commander at ‘Arzeh.

Deir Hamra:

The Syrian Arab Army has captured the small village of Deir Hamra near the Hama Military Airport yesterday, forcing Jabhat Al-Nusra to retreat northwest. According to a military source, the village is near ‘Arzeh and was abandoned as soon as Jabhat Al-Nusra completely retreated from the area. The SAA has advanced further west, attempting to recapture areas taken by Jabhat Al-Nusra.

Morek:

‘Abduallah Hilal (AKA Abu Azzam) – a field commander for the Islamic Front – was killed by the Syrian Arab Army in the besieged city of Morek in northern Hama yesterday. Another prominent member of Jabhat Al-Nusra was killed in the Battle for Morek by the Syrian Arab Army; the militant was named Osman Osman:

Osman Osman killed in Morek
Osman Osman killed in Morek
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