The long-awaited Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) offensive in northern Hama has failed to live up to its high expectations; especially, after it began with a lot of promise for the Islamist rebels.
In a matter of 24 hours, all of the progress made by the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh – specifically, Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Faylaq Al-Sham (Sham Legion) – was reversed by the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division and their allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Mhardeh and Al-Suqaylabiyah.
According to a battlefield correspondent from the nearby village of Mhardeh, the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade and their allies recaptured the strategic village of Al-Buwaydah, along with the poultry farms and the Lahaya and Markabah checkpoints.
In addition to losing all of their gains made yesterday, the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh also suffered an embarrassing retreat from the predominately Alawi village of Ma’an after another failed infiltration attempt.
The Syrian Armed Forces were able to secure the checkpoints surrounding the village of Ma’an, while also clearing the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway) that flows through to the nearby town of Morek, which is currently controlled by the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh.