BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:05 P.M.) – Elite forces of the Syrian Arab Army are gearing-up for their final assault to reclaim a key city in the far eastern countryside of Idlib province from Islamist militias.
Troops of the Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces Division are readying to retake the small city of Abu Duhur after initially seizing it over a week ago but then losing parts of it due to several rebel counter-attacks.
At the present time, Syrian Army rocket and heavy howitzer artillery units are shelling militant defenses in and around Abu Duhur, carrying out a saturation bombardment that has been going on non-stop for an entire day.
Meanwhile Syrian Air Force warplanes have played their role in breaking jihadist resolve for control of the city, delivering dozens of airstrikes against rebel positions, gatherings and movements. To this end, Sunday has proven to literally be the busiest day for Syrian airpower since 2018 began.
Control of Abu Duhur is currently split 50-50 with Syrian troops camped out in the eastern half of the city whilst Islamist militias continue latch on to the western half of it.