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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