BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:53 P.M.) – Elite assault units of the Syrian Arab Army have restarted their attack on a key airbase in the eastern countryside of Idlib province, snatching up three new settlements from the control of jihadist militias in what clearly appears to be an outflanking move.
Moments ago, reports came in stating that assault troops of the Syrian Arab Army’s elite Tiger Forces Division renewed their assault on the Abu Duhur military airport in eastern Idlib.
In a flank attack to the east of the airbase, Syrian troops seized the towns and villages of Al-Hamidiyat, Hamidiyat ash-Shadad and Aljakia from the control of Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants.
The renewed push on Abu Duhur comes after a jihadist-led coalition of armed rebel groups launched a counter-offensive against the Syrian Army across southeastern Idlib on Thursday, attacking government troops at multiple axes.
However, with the rebel counter-offensive blunted and 90 percent of the gains made by militant groups reversed, elite Syrian troops – free from any distractions further south of their positions around the Abu Duhur airbase – are now poised to assault the military installation and take control of it.