DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:15 P.M.) – On Friday, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) retook one of the last ISIS points in the northeastern countryside of Hama after overrunning a strategic high point just north of the M42 Highway.
The impressive drone footage, released by HTS (Syrian Al-Qaeda branch), shows its fighters overrunning Tall Sarha and engaging an isolated ISIS garrison consisting of about a dozen militants.
Upon swarming the site with a BMP-1, HTS militants killed around a handful ISIS members and forced the rest to flee eastwards in complete disarray:
Despite being gradually pushed back over the past month, the Islamic State still controls a couple villages in their Hama pocket although this enclave is dangerously squeezed between territory controlled by HTS and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
Although ISIS and HTS (once known as Jabhat Al-Nusra) fought alongside one another in multiple battles against the SAA back in 2013 (for instance at Menagh Airbase and in Latakia), the two jihadist parties have since fallen out over their allegiance to Al-Qaeda, making them bitter rivals ever since.