The conglomeration of Islamist militias known as “Jaysh Al-Fateh” (primarily comprised of Nusra and Ahrar Al-Sham militants) in the Idlib Governorate have recently announced the beginning of their battle to capture the Syrian Government stronghold of Ariha, just two weeks after they captured the strategic town of Al-Mastoumah to the north.

If the militants of Jaysh Al-Fateh are successful in capturing Ariha from the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA); this could spell trouble for the Syrian Armed Forces in the Idlib Governorate, as they will have effectively lost three imperative areas (Ariha, Al-Mastoumah, and the Qarmeed Camp) on the road to the provincial capital.

According to Jaysh Al-Fateh social media activists, the militant group has reportedly made substantial gains from the eastern flank of the city; this was followed by their alleged entry inside Ariha after attacking the Syrian Armed Forces from the Jawma Checkpoint located on the outskirts of the city’s defensive barriers.

Sources from the Syrian Armed Forces inside the city of Ariha have reported to Al-Masdar News that militants from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from Jund Al-Sham and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham have fired a barrage of missiles and mortar shells into the city, as fierce clashes engulf the eastern entrance.

 

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