BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) launched a surprise offensive in the northeastern countryside of the Hama Governorate, today, capturing several villages from the Al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham rebel faction.

According to the Islamic State’s official media wing, their forces captured the villages of Hasrat, Rasm Al-Ahmar, Sirha, Sirha Al-Shamaliyah, Al-Mastrihah, Umm Al-Foor, Wadi Al-Zaroub, Jubb Al-Tabqaliyah, Abu Lafah, Al-Nafilah, Marijub Al-Jamlaan, and Al-Shakusiliyah.

The Islamic State’s capture of these villages in northeast Hama is rather odd, given the fact they were expelled from this region of central Syria by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) last week.

Where the terrorist group came from and how they reached Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s front-lines still remains a mystery.

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Mazdak
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They came (fled) from that pocket which was cleansed by SAA in multiple groups. Some were embushed by SAA, but some could cross Ithria road to Idlib, where they could take the towns from surprized HTS!

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samculpak

I remember several weeks ago when HTS tried to break through government lines to connect with the ISIS pocket. Now that ISIS came to them they are unhappy. Jeez, some people are never happy.

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and none stoped them since they fled the SAA?? silly situation

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Yes, it really is a silly situation, who knows what really happened? SAA denies that it deliberately let ISIS go there, but it wouldn’t amaze me if they actually did it. You want to fight? OK we won’t kill you now. Here, go fight with al-Nusra, the world would have at least some benefit of both of you, while you’re killing each other. 🙂 hehe It looks like possible explanation, doesn’t it? Anyway, even if they didn’t let them go deliberately, besides it is bad for sure that with the cleansing of DeZ ISIS won’t be finished once and for… Read more »

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George King

I don’t think that is a priority for the Syrian coalition, they are clearing and key word pacifying on other fronts to rescue and liberate citizens.

How ironic, HTS (AQ) who by choice will not participate in deescalation agreement wants SAA and company to come and protect their active combat area in Ilib from ISIS. NUTS!