Earlier this morning, both the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” launched a simultaneous assault that targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) only supply route to the Aleppo Governorate, resulting in the Khanasser Highway’s closure for approximately two hours.
The attack began when Jabhat Al-Nusra conducted an assault on the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses to the east of Al-Si’in that was geared to cutoff the road from the strategic town of Ithriya to the Khanasser Highway; if Jabhat Al-Nusra was successful in this military endeavor, they would have successfully positioned themselves to obstruct this imperative roadway.
To the east of the Khanasser Highway, ISIS carried out a surprise attack on the National Defense Forces’ positions near the long stretch of oil fields in the Hama Governorate’s eastern countryside that borders the Al-Raqqa Governorate; this assault required the NDF to call for reinforcements from the Aleppo Governorate in order to help beat back the encroaching terrorists.
Luckily, reinforcements from Liwaa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary force from Nayrab, Aleppo) and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) arrived in time to repel all of the Islamist infiltrators before any ground could be gained.
According to a field source at the Hama Military Airport, the Jabhat Al-Nusra and ISIS assault was believed to be coordinated; however, he did point out that Al-Nusra has recently concentrated on the east Hama front, while ISIS has regrouped near the Al-Raqqa town of Tabaqa to restart their operations at the Al-Salamiyah District.