DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:35 P.M.) – After a week of deadly clashes in northern Hama, the jihadist defensive line finally buckled on Friday as government forces retook a large chunck of territory from various jihadist factions in central Syria.
After a brief firefight in the afternoon, the SAA seized the Khattab warehouses and Tall Flifleh hilltop just north of it. Minutes later, government forces also seized the Al-Shliout and Abu Ubaydah checkpoints on a different axis in what appears to be a major counter-offensive.
Effectively, a looming jihadist assault on Mhardeh has been avoided in the eleventh hour.
Next, the SAA will try to encircle Maardes in a bid to reverse all Islamist gains achieved since launching their offensive on March 21.
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