BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:25 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a powerful attack in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate last week in a bid retake territory they lost to the Syrian military.
The Syrian military was able to repel the jihadist attempt to capture the towns of Al-Hamamiyat and Kafr Houd in northwestern Hama.
According to a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) source near the front-lines in northwestern Hama, most of the jihadists killed during their push to capture Al-Hamamiyat and Kafr Houd were foreigners from the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP).
The Turkestan Islamic Party is a foreign terrorist organization that has joined forces with the militant forces in northern Syria.
Prior to their participation in the northwestern Hama battle, the Turkestan Islamic Party led the defense of Kabani, a mountaintop town located in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate.
The Turkestan Islamic Party still controls several areas inside Latakia and Idlib, making them a formidable force in northwestern Syria.