Earlier today, the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) launched a large-scale offensive inside the Hama Governorate’s northern countryside in order to make another push towards the provincial capital that is located along the strategic Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway).

According to the preliminary reports from the Hama Governorate, the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh – specifically, Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Sham Legion – are targeting Syrian Arab Army checkpoints near the villages of Al-Buwaydah and Lahaya near the strategic towns of Al-Lataminah, Latmeen, Halfaya, and Taybat Al-Imam.

The Islamist rebels have reported the seizure of Al-Buwaydah, Lahaya, the Markabah Checkpoint, and the nearby poultry farms; however, this news has not been confirmed by the local field journalists from the National Defense Forces (NDF).

If the Islamist rebels did capture Al-Buwaydah and Lahaya, they will be in position to strike the imperative towns of Halfaya and Taybat Al-Imam; these two sites were recaptured by the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” during their large-scale counter-offensive in the summer of 2014.

Firefights are still ongoing between the Islamist rebels and the Syrian Arab Army in the northern Hama countryside; and they are likely to continue, despite nightfall quickly looming over the province.

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