BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:59 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army has launched a full-scale counteroffensive in northern Hama Governorate, now advancing into territory that has long since been held by militant forces.

Capitalizing on Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham’s (Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate) heavy losses and failed offensive, the Syrian Army – spearheaded by the elite Tiger Forces – broke through the terrorist group’s weakened lines in northern Hama today, going on to the attack.

So far the Tiger Forces – propelled by heavy rocket artillery bombardment and airstrikes – have liberated the towns of Um Haryteen and Qabibat. Both settlements are located south of Atshan.

This operation is part of the punishment being delivered onto Idlib-based militant groups for their breaking of the de-escalation agreement in northern Hama.

Whilst the entire scope of the Syrian Army operation is not yet clear, some military sources are hinting that the strategic towns of Atshan, Morek and al-Latamenah are all now valid targets for liberation by government-led forces.

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