On Friday morning in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate, the Syrian Al-Qaeda factions “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and “Jund Al-Aqsa” launched a powerful assault on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) controlled villages of Tal Sakhar, Al-Hamamiyat, Al-Mughayr, and Breidij near the Al-Ghaab Plains.
According to a military source from nearby Al-Suqaylabiyah, Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jund Al-Nusra began the offensive from their positions at Kafr Naboudeh, Al-Hubayt, and Al-Banah; these three villages were used as their launching point to break into the Syrian Arab Army’s territory in northern Hama.
Following a fierce battle that lasted for nearly 7 hours on Friday, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) repelled the rebel assault and secured the villages that were under attack.
The military source added that a total of 37 Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jund Al-Aqsa fighters were killed during the failed offensive, including several of the militants from Turkmenistan.
In addition to the aforementioned assault, Jund Al-Aqsa also conducted an attack near the strategic village of Ma’an; however, they were also repelled after a short battle with the Syrian Armed Forces.
As a result of their failed attacks this week, Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jund Al-Aqsa have reportedly lost an estimated 110-120 combatants, which includes 70+ militants on Thursday morning.