BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:37 P.M.) – Several hours ago, combined forces of the Al-Qaeda affiliate militias Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (better known by its former name Jabhat al-Nusra) and Turkistan Islamic Party launched a big assault against the Syrian Army in Hama and Latakia provinces.
The attack targeted government defenses in the areas of Sheir as-Sahab, Al-Bahsa and Al-Masharee az-Zirayah along the provincial border region connecting northwest Hama and northeast Latakia.
In the event, well-prepared Syrian Army forces managed to fully repel the jihadist assault after a rather brief round of clashes, inflicting noteworthy losses on both insurgent groups.
According to military-affiliated sources, the Syrian Army managed to kill at least ten militants and destroy three armed pickups.
The whole basis for the Al-Qaeda operation was to avenge rebel forces currently enduring (unsuccessfully so) a major Syrian Army offensive in Damascus’ East Ghouta region.
At the present time it is unclear if either or both jihadist militias will attempt another push.