The Islamic Front (Jabhat Al-Islamiyya) and the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, the “Al-Nusra Front” (Jabhat Al-Nusra), are attempting to infiltrate through the National Defense Forces (NDF) frontline defenses at the towns of Kafraya and Fou’aa located north of the provincial capital of Idlib; however, they have achieved very little success thus far, as all attacks have been repelled.
On Sunday morning, the militants attacked Fou’aa – a predominately Shi’i village north of Idlib City – to the north with a large force, but they were unable to advance past a checkpoint they later withdrew from.
According to an NDF source in Idlib, 16 enemy combatants were killed during the attack, including Ahmad ‘Ali Manoushi (Egyptian), Mohammad Jassim Al-Mohammad, and ‘Issa Bashir Al-Hamwi.
Meanwhile, in Kafraya, the militants from the Islamic Front were also forestalled from any progress, as the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) relentlessly attacked their positions, while the NDF and Kata’eb Al-Ba’ath (Ba’ath Battalions) launched a barrage of mortar shells at the enemy combatants.
The battle for these two towns in the Idlib Governorate has begun to heat up, as both parties involved continue to trade blows in order to make minimal gains .