On Thursday morning, the Al-Qaeda linked “Al-Nusra Front” – in cooperation with Jaysh Al-Mujahedeen – attempted to infiltrate the 11th Tank Division of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) frontline defenses at the eastern perimeter of the Abu Al-Dhuhour Military Airport – the attack would come from the nearby village of Al-Hamidiyyeh.
Initially, the Al-Nusra Front militants were able to progress as close as 50 meters from the airport; however, the attack was repelled by the 11th Tank Division after they overpowered the enemy combatants with a barrage of gunfire and artillery shells.
According to a military source, at least 20 Al-Nusra Front fighters were killed during the battle, including ‘Adnan Moussa Al-Iskendar and ‘Ali Malik Al-Ghareeb. The 11th Tank Division reported 6 soldiers killed and 13 wounded during the confrontation with the Al-Nusra Front.
A prominent member of the Al-Nusra Front – Mustafa Al-Sameh (AKA “Al-Alham”) was killed at the village of Rouma by the 11th Tank Division during a fierce firefight.