BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels clashed at the towns of Kafr Naboudeh, al-Jayyid, Sharanaz, al- Hawija and al-Hawash in the country’s northwestern region on Monday.
Several Syrian Army tanks, rockets, and snipers were seen engaging the enemy forces as they attempt to retake the areas they lost over the last two weeks.
In recent weeks the SAA has managed to gain ground throughout the governate’s towns and villages, paving the way for their troops to reach the Idlib Governorate border.
However, the jihadist rebels and their Turkish-backed allies are attempting to forestall the resumption of the Syrian Army’s offensive by retaking several areas they lost.
If they are successful in repelling the jihadist offensive, the Syrian Army will be launching the second phase of their operation in northwestern Hama and southwestern Idlib.
This operation will concentrate on the Al-Ghaab Plain, which is located between the Hama and Idlib goverorates.