The Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – in coordination with their offshoot “Jund Al-Aqsa” and their ally from “Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham” – launched a powerful assault on the strategic town of Al-Mastoumah in the Idlib Governorate after capturing the hill of Tal Mastoumah on Sunday night.
Following their capture of Tal Mastoumah, Jund Al-Aqsa launched a suicide bomb operation with an armored BMP vehicle at the northwestern flank of Al-Mastoumah; however, the armored vehicle was destroyed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) moments before it could reach its targeted location.
The destruction of the BMP armored vehicle resulted in a large explosion that was displayed on Jabhat Al-Nusra social media accounts, despite the fact that the suicide operation’s contingency did not come to fruition at the town of Al-Mastoumah located just south of the provincial capital of Idlib.
According to a military source in Ariha, fierce firefights between the NDF and Jund Al-Aqsa have been reported at the northwestern and northeastern flanks of Al-Mastoumah; this has also prompted the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) to launch a series of airstrikes to obstruct the enemy combatants from breaching the Syrian Armed Forces’ frontline defenses at the town’s outskirts.
For three straight weeks, Jabhat Al-Nusra has attempted to breach the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the Jisr Al-Shughour National Hospital; it was no different on Sunday, as a large contingent of Nusra fighters swarmed the southern perimeter of the facility before they were repelled once again by the SAA.
The Jabhat Al-Nusra attack resulted in the death of 28 of their fighters, including ‘Abdullah Al-Najam Al-‘Abdullah, Idrees Mohammad Al-Ra’ad, Mohammad Malek Al-Fajar, ‘Abdo ‘Ali Al-Noushi, ‘Abdel-Kazeem Al-Ja’ou, Hassan Mohammad Al-Zareeq, Mohammad Sheikh Yousif, and ‘Abdel-Kaafi bin Hameed Al-Sadeer.
Southeast of Jisr Al-Shughour, the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division attacked the strategic town of Kufayr after they advanced from the Sawmill Checkpoint located south of the Sugar Factory.