The Islamist militants from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham – in coordination with Jund Al-‘Aqsa – launched a powerful assault on the outskirts of the Syrian Government stronghold of Ariha, where they attempted to advance their positions at the village of Musayabeen located directly west of the Qarmeed Camp.

Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and their allies successfully infiltrated past the National Defense Forces (NDF) frontline defenses at the northeastern flank, resulting in their entrenchment at the northern sector of Musayabeen before the Syrian Armed Forces attempted to counter this Islamist offensive from their positions in the south.

For the militants of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Tuesday proved to be a crucial day for them, as they finally infiltrated back into the village of Musayabeen; however, this would not be the only successful assault launched by the Islamist militants.

The Islamist militants from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham attacked the Qasr Al-Fanaar checkpoint that was controlled by the National Defense Forces, where the former was able to take full control of this area after fierce clashes with the Syrian Armed Forces; this forced the latter to withdraw from this checkpoint after its destruction.

The Syrian Armed Forces countered the Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham attack at Qasr Al-Fanaar; however, the firefights dissipated by nightfall, leaving both parties only two dozen meters from one another.

East of Ariha, the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – in coordination with Ajnad Al-Sham and Jund Al-Aqsa – stormed the Jisr Al-Shughour National Hospital at the southern and western flanks, where they were unsuccessful in their attempt to infiltrate past the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses.

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