The Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” has set its sights on the Hama Governorate after a short hiatus from the Al-Ghaab Plains front in order to concentrate on the volatile battle against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) for control of Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains) inside the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside.
On Wednesday morning, Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies from Jund Al-Aqsa launched a powerful assault on the strategic town of Al-Si’in inside the Hama Governorate’s northeastern countryside, resulting in a series of intense firefights between the aforementioned Islamist group and the civilian-led “National Defense Forces” (NDF) throughout the day.
Unable to break-through the frontline defenses of the Syrian Armed Forces, Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jund Al-Aqsa were forced to retreat north in order to evade both the Syrian and Russian Air Forces that were lurking around the Hama-Idlib border.
This is likely the first of many attacks on the town of Al-Si’in for Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies, as this town has become the focal point of their Hama Governorate offensive, despite assertions from their social media activists that claim the assault has not started.
The town of Al-Si’in is strategically located 30km to the west of the Syrian Government’s only supply route to the Aleppo Governorate: Khanasser Highway.
More importantly, if Al-Si’in is lost to Jabhat Al-Nusra, the aforementioned Islamsit group will have access to the two main roads that lead into both the Hama and Al-Salamiyah Districts.