On Saturday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Al-Salamiyah, and Kataeb Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – continued their large-scale military operations inside the Hama Governorate’s eastern countryside in order to recapture the territory lost to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) along the Khanasser-Ithriya Highway that leads to the provincial capital of Aleppo.
The Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance began their assault at the strategic hilltop of Tal Khayber, where they attempted to clear the aforementioned site from the ISIS terrorists occupying the southern perimeter; this powerful attack proved successful for the pro-government forces, as they were able to recover all lost points and impose full control over the hill.
Following their success at Tal Khayber, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance shifted their attention to the terrorist group’s defenses at Tal Syriatel; this hilltop is located along ISIS’ primary supply route that begins at their stronghold of Aqayrbat and leads to the integral town of Ithriyah in east Hama.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah are fighting ISIS at Tal Syriatel; this location is likely to be the primary battle the next couple of days, as the pro-government forces attempt to reverse the terrorist group’s gains.
Meanwhile, at the Khanasser-Ithriya Highway, the Syrian Armed Force and Lebanese Resistance pounded ISIS’ positions along this strategic roadway that leads to Aleppo City, targeting the three remaining hilltops under the terrorist group’s control.
According to a military source in the city of Al-Salamiyah, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah believe they can clear this road by early next week, but they are taking their time due to the large amount of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) that planted along the Khanasser-Ithriyah Highway.