BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:19 P.M.) – Following the break-out of ISIS from almost certain doom in rural Hama, forces of the terrorist group – fighting their way west towards southeast Idlib – have now come into contact with rebel groups who, taken aback by the sudden assault, are currently in a state of panic.
Sources within ISIS – as quoted by EMN News – note that dozens of Syrian troops were killed in the sudden assault which was spearheaded by a number of car bomb attacks.
After several hours, Islamic State terrorists reached rebel lines in southeast Idlib province at the towns of Umm Khalakhil and Ard az-Zuzur according to opposition sources. Following this, local rebel forces descended into a state of panic.
In response to the attack, all available rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army and Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) in the area have mustered an emergency defensive action and are currently shelling advancing ISIS militants with mortars, howitzers and 23-mm cannons. Reinforcements are undoubtedly flooding towards southeast Idlib at the present time.
Updates to follow.