A joint Islamist force led by Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham has launched another offensive at the city of Jisr Al-Shughour and the Brick Factory in western Al-Mastoumain, despite the fact their comrades are under attack by the Syrian Armed Forces in the villages of Koreen, Fayloun, and Qameenas.
The Islamists began their offensive by launching a series of attacks on the northern flank of Jisr Al-Shughour, where they attempted to bypass the National Defense Forces (NDF) fortifications with a suicide bombing that produced unsuccessful results for the militants.
At the eastern flank of Jisr Al-Shughour, Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Al-Muyy Checkpoint with a number of mortar shells and rockets in order to weaken the latter’s defenses before they storm it.
According to a military source in Ariha, the fighting is still ongoing at Jisr Al-Shughour, but he informed Al-Masdar News that there has been no infiltration into this rural city in western Idlib – he also added that most of the fighting has consisted of the Islamists firing rockets into the city from the nearby hills.
East of Al-Mastouma, the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham attacked the Brick Factory, where rebel social media activists claimed the Islamist forces captured the surrounding checkpoints at the eastern flank; however, there has been no confirmation and/or proof.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – in coordination with the 11th Tank Division – continued their offensive at the village of Koreen, killing 14 enemy combatants and destroying two armed vehicles mounted with doshkas belonging to Jabhat Al-Nusra at the southeast flank.