Early this morning, Hezbollah fighters spearheaded an offensive at Al-Eis town and its adjacent hill. However, Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda) fighters were well prepared for the assault and managed to push back pro-government troops to their original positions on the outskirts of the town after conducting a succesful ambush.

While the offensive was lead by Hezbollah, they were flanked shoulder-by-shoulder by the Iranian 65th Airborne Special Forces Brigade and Kata’ib Hezbollah fighters (Iraqi Hezbollah-affiliate). Although the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division is stationed nearby, the actual assault was conducted exclusively by foreigners.

Remarkably, pro-government troops were able to capture the majority of al-Eis town (confirmed) in the early noon after Jabhat al-Nusra temporarily retreated from the town under heavy shelling. However, Jabhat al-Nusra was able to maintain control of al-Eis hill; once the shelling stopped, al-Qaeda fighters reentered the town and enforced a government retreat.

While opposition sources claimed the death toll to be between 50 and 75 fighters/soldiers, the actual death toll was about 20 on the government side of the battle. Today’s Al-Nusra Front death toll is unknown to al-Masdar News, despite constant shelling and Russian jets ruling the sky above.

Notably, it has been deemed “impossible” to capture al-Eis town without capturing al-Eis hill as the latter overlooks the aforementioned town.

Meanwhile, new reports indicate a 2nd government assault on al-Eis is coming up before the end of the day. However, it would likely be smarter from a strategic point of view to outflank and encircle the town if government forces wish to recapture this vital high point.

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Macdriz6
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Macdriz6

Onward Hezbollah,, kick some a*s

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

Colonel Kilgore would have called the Air-Force to napalm the hill, he likes the smell of napalm in the morning…

féadfaidh
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féadfaidh

now pivot and attack in different direction. constant pressure and they will crumble.

German
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German

Yes, to outflank and encircle the town should be better, similiar to Palmyra and Qaryatayn

Mertseger
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Mertseger

Of course Al Nusra fighters were well prepared, they dont need spy in SAA only think they need to do is reading twitter and they will know for every attacks SAA and Hezbollah will made in everything is on twitter even before it starts. How many SAA soldiers have to die because there opponents know every moves they make because some people cant wain few days with information on twitter or FB.

ahmed
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ahmed

If SAA did not solve their porblem of being slow when on the offensive and being quick when retreating , I think the war would prolong, when the terrorists conduct well prepared offensive like the one on Al Eis , they are able to capture their target with in hours, or at worst, days, when the SAA and its allies conduct offensive they are more likely to fail or it takes weeks to capture their target. that balance must change.

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

Just look at sat-pics and you’ll understand that the hill is a real problem for a ground attack… It’s easy to retreat as the road to the summit is behind the hill as your mates are shelling from above and the front (south side) looks to imply escalading for a front attack which would be pure suicide… Although I have no 3D or altitude levels but it looks very bad to take and easy to defend.

Marama
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Marama

they shouldnt wave that “here we are!” Yellow flag.

malik
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malik

plz do not celeberate the liberation of any town from isis or rebels if u can’t build good defence after capturing it. what is wrong with syrian army why u don’t build deffence after capturing it

Alparslan
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Alparslan

100 assad alied militia shia group kill

Kool Stannis
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Kool Stannis

That is not very glorious. Hezbollah is the best trained force besides Republican Guard.

agitpapa
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agitpapa

@A7_Mirza The Nusrats at Al Eis are extermely well-trained and -armed foreign jihadis