For the first time in three months, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) main supply route along the Khanasser Highway was closed due to an obstruction by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS); this chaotic situation forced the pro-government forces to call on hundreds of reinforcements from the Aleppo Governorate to help push back the encroaching terrorists.
Initially, the Syrian Armed Forces were successful in repelling both ISIS and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” after they attacked from different axes in the Hama Governorate; however, ISIS regrouped near the Al-Raqqa Governorate border in order to launch another massive assault on the Khanasser Highway.
ISIS’ second assault on the Syrian Armed Forces’ defensive positions proved successful, as they cutoff the Khanasser Highway and pushed further west towards the strategic city of Ithriyah in east Hama.
Reinforcements from the pro-government Palestinian resistance militia “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigades) poured into the Khanasser Plains to help the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade from the 10th Brigade recapture almost 17km of territory from ISIS in order to recapture the main highway.
However, despite recapturing several points and checkpoints from ISIS, the road to Ithriyah still remains closed due to the threat that still remains inside the Khanasser Plains.