DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:50 P.M.) – Rare battle footage has been released by the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), a jihadist faction based in Idlib, showing recent clashes with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northeastern countryside of Hama.
The video, recorded through a drone hovering over the battlefield, shows SAA troops withdrawing from positions near the imperative town of Mustariha.
Towards the end of the video, an abandoned T-62 tank was shown while a couple SAA soldiers could be seen lying lifeless in an open field.
The tank in mention was seized by TIP shortly after, photos released by the group earlier this week confirm.
Despite some human and material losses, the SAA still holds the upper hand in northeastern Hama with jihadist rebels losing some 30 villages since a large-scale government offensive began on October 22.