BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) kicked off their final phase of their northeast Hama offensive this afternoon, following a successful one month long operation west of the Khanasser Highway.
Led by the Qalamoun Shield (3rd Division) and 11th Tank Division, the Syrian Arab Army made their first significant push to capture the jihadist strongholds of Al-Mustariha, Umm Maiyal, and Al-Rahjan near the Idlib provincial axis.
According to a military source in Hama, the Syrian Arab Army has broken through Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s front-lines at Al-Mustariha, resulting in the capture of several parts of this jihadist-held town.
While the Syrian Army attempts to capture Al-Mustariha, the Russian Air Force is heavily bombarding the towns of Al-Rahjan, Qasr bin Wardan, and Umm Maiyal in a bid to weaken the jihadist defenses.
The Syrian Arab Army is expected to attack the aforementioned towns in the coming days, as they ramp up their operations in the northeastern countryside of the Hama Governorate.