The Syrian Arab Army’s Special Operations unit “Al-Qawat Al-Nimr” (Tiger Forces) – in cooperation with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the 11th Tank Division – launched an offensive to create a buffer-zone around the village of Al-Mastouma on Wednesday.
As a result of their assault, the Tiger Forces and their allies were able to take control of the Brick Factory located on the outskirts of Al-Mastouma, while also advancing to the rebel-held village of Al-Qameenas in the Idlib Governorate.
Directly following their capture of the Brick Factory, an NDF contingent launched an offensive of their own at the northwestern axis of the village; this assault resulted in the latter’s advance to the rebel-held village of Faylan.
To close out the day, the Tiger Forces and their allies successfully entered Al-Qameenas after fierce clashes with the conglomerate of Islamist militias known as “Jaysh Al-Fatah” in this contested village located southeast of the provincial capital.
Intense clashes between Jaysh Al-Fatah and the Tiger Forces at Al-Qameenas have restarted on Thursday morning; however, a military source was unable to provide details on the whereabouts of these firefights.
Despite rumors of the Tiger Forces leader – Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan – arriving in the Idlib Governorate, a Tiger Forces source confirmed that he has not departed to Idlib thus yet – Sergeant Lu’ayy Seitan is currently heading the Tiger Forces operations in the Idlib Governorate, while Colonel Al-Hassan remains at Jabal Al-Sha’ar in east Homs.
Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies also led another attack on the predominately Shi’i villages of Kafraya and Al-Fou’aa on Wednesday; however, the attack was repelled by the NDF there.