Last week, not many people would have pegged the Syrian Armed Forces to make a comeback inside the Al-Ghaab Plains’ northern countryside; however, their surprise offensive on Monday morning yielded impressive gains in northern Hama, as they were able to recapture Tal Wassit, Al-Mansoura, Al-Misheek, the Grain Silos, Khirbat Al-Naqous, and Al-Ziyarah.
On Friday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – in coordination with 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division, the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwaa Assoud Al-Jabal (Lions of the Mountain Brigade), and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – continued their assault on Jaysh Al-Fateh’s fortifications at Jazram Hill and the imperative town of Qarqur, where they attempted recapture these sites in the Al-Ghaab Plains.
For the Syrian Armed Forces, they finally achieved a break-through at the town of Qarqur, as they captured the hilltop at Tal Qarqur after intense firefights with the two largest factions in Jaysh Al-Fateh: Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra.
In addition to their success at Tal Qarqur, the Syrian Armed Forces – led by the 87th Brigade at the southern front – were able to secure the northern perimeter of Jazram Hil, killing over 15 members of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra, and Jund Al-Aqsa before sundown on Friday night.
However, not all the news from the Al-Ghaab Plains was good for the Syrian Armed Forces: the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra carried out a powerful assault on the Syrian Armed Forces’ defensive positions at the contested town of Al-Bahsa – the firefights are still going on throughout the night, as the Islamist rebels attempt to capture this area.
The Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) launched a series of airstrikes in the Al-Ghaab Plains on Friday, targeting Jaysh Al-Fateh’s positions at the imperative city of Frikka and Jisr Al-Shughour to north.