Moments ago, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces of Al-Salamiyah – imposed full control over the village of Jinaan in southeast Hama after a series of intense firefights with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) along the strategic Salamiyah-Raqqa Highway.
According to a military source from the National Defense Forces in Al-Salamiyah, the Syrian Armed Forces broke-through ISIS frontline defenses at Jinaan after killing several enemy combatants and destroying their headquarters inside this village that has been under the terrorist group’s control for quite some time.
In addition to capturing the village of Jinaan, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade and the National Defense Forces reportedly captured 6km of terrain along the Salamiyah-Raqqa Highway, marking their largest gains on this front in over eight months; this aforementioned highway is used by ISIS to launch several attacks on the Syrian Armed Forces’ positions in southeast Hama.
Following the recapture of the Khanasser-Ithriya Highway, the Syrian Armed Forces have carried out a number of military operations to clear the area of any ISIS presence; this latest attack was part of the Syrian Arab Army’s contingency along this volatile front.
The Russian Air Force has recently intensified their airstrikes over the east Hama front in order to protect the Syrian Army’s primary supply route to the Aleppo Governorate and to deter the terrorist group from pushing west towards the strategic city of Al-Salamiyah.