DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:44 A.M.) – Pictures emerged of Qalamoun Shield fighters mobilizing in the area surrounding Shakousiyah town in Hama’s northeastern countryside.
A military source informed Al-Masdar that the Syrian Army backed by Qalamoun Shield militias resumed the major offensive aimed at dispositioning Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham terrorists from their stronghold in Rahjan under heavy missile and artillery bombardment. In order for the loyalist forces to take Rahjan, they would have to break through Shakusiya first.
HTS and its FSA allies are putting up heavy resistance on this axis utilizing their most elite fighters from the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) to defend the area. Should Rahjan fall to the Syrian forces, the insurgents’ main line of defense in the Badiya between Aleppo and Hama will be fractured beyond repair.
Sooner or later, the Syrian Armed Forces will break through Rahjan as the Syrian High Command has placed high value on this target prioritizing it.