Over the last three days, the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” has launched a number of powerful attacks on the isolated Abu Al-Dhuhour Military Airport inside the Idlib Governorate’s eastern countryside, with the intention to eliminate one of the last Syrian Arab Army (SAA) bastions in this northern Syrian province.
However, the Syrian Arab Army has proven resilient – despite being both outnumbered and surrounded by Jabhat Al-Nusra – disrupting every attack by the Islamist rebel group, while also destroying their heavy armory and killing a substantial number of their fighters.
On Thursday morning, Jabhat Al-Nusra conducted its largest attack yet, targeting the Syrian Armed Forces’ western and southern flanks from their positions at Tal Salmu and Abu Al-Dhuhour village; this assault would last for over nine hours and become the bloodiest battle at this airport in the last three days.
Once again, the encroaching Islamist militants were unable to breach the Syrian Armed Forces’ frontline defenses at the Abu Al-Dhuhour Military Airport; instead, the Islamist rebels suffered a great deal of losses, including military equipment (tanks, armored vehicles, weapons) and their armed combatants.
According to a military source in Hama, the soldiers at the Abu Al-Dhuhour Military Airport have reported that they control the entire base; however, the Jabhat Al-Nusra militants have not backed off, they continue to assault the airport’s barriers.