At 4 A.M in the morning, Jabhat al-Nusra (Syrian al-Qaeda) launched a surprise offensive on Tall ad-Dirrah village which lies between Hama city and Salamiyah city. Reportedly, the attack was launched from the rebel-held village of Qantara (west of Tall ad-Dirrah); nevertheless, the offensive was officially halted 3 hours ago when Jabhat al-Nusra pulled their surviving fighters back to Qantara.
On the defensive side, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 11th Division and the National Defensive Forces of Salamiyah faced the formidable task of attempting to fend off several hostile Islamist rebel tanks and many aggressive suicide bomber fighters during a prolonged battle.
While government soldiers did repel Jabhat al-Nusra, the SAA and NDF suffered some 2 deaths and 17 injuries amongst their troops. On the other hand, at least 10 Islamist rebel fighters were killed with another 20 estimated injured; however, the exact death toll amongst Jabhat al-Nusra fighters remains unknown as they managed to recover several dead/injured comrades upon retreat.
As to celebrate today’s victory, some unidentified government soldiers posed in front of the camera with corpses of dead Jabhat al-Nusra fighters. The pictures were since leaked – graphic warning: