BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:48 A.M.) – Various rebel groups have teamed-up to launch a sudden and rather desperate offensive against the Syrian Army in Hama province’s northern countryside.
Code-named ‘Anger for Ghouta’, the insurgent operation is aimed at avenging allied militant factions in Damascus’ East Ghouta region who have recently suffered a major defeat at the hands of Syrian government forces.
So far it has been identified that rebel militias are engaging the Syrian Army and allied paramilitary units across a rather wide front between Magha’ir to Al-Hamamiyat.
The general direction of the attack indicates that militant factions may be attempting to isolate and seize the large town of Kernaz and or the Christian-majority town of Suqaylabiyah.
Sources report that rebel groups involved in the new offensive include Free Syrian Army affiliates Jaysh al-Izza and Jaysh al-Nasr and Al-Qaeda affiliates Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (better known by its former name, Jabhat al-Nusra) and Turkistan Islamic Party.
Updates to follow.