BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Army and its allies have successfully reversed all gains made by militant groups during a surprise offensive in the northern countryside of Hama province earlier today (Wednesday).
As mentioned earlier, rebel forces initially managed to make some gains during the early phase of the assault, capturing the frontier town of Al-Hamamiyat as well as the government stronghold of Kernaz.
Within hours however, the Syrian Army regrouped and launched a powerful counter-blow with the support of armor and artillery as well as airstrikes from Russian and Syrian warplanes (about 50 strikes were delivered).
Moments ago, military-affiliated sources reported that government troops retook the stronghold of Kernaz – this coming about an hour after sources stated that Al-Hamamiyat was seized back.
Effectively, all Islamist gains have now been reversed.
For rebel forces, not only has their offensive completely failed within about eight hours of its undertaking but also many dozens of insurgents from various factions have been killed along with several top militant commanders.