The conglomerate of Islamist rebel factions in northern Syria that form “Jaysh Al-Fateh” (Army of Conquest) launched a massive assault on the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces’ positions at the predominately Alawi village of Ma’an on Tuesday in order to capture another point along the strategic Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5) that stretches to the provincial capital of the Hama Governorate.

Unfortunately for Jaysh Al-Fateh, their promising assault on Ma’an quickly turned into disaster when they were ambushed by the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade of the 11th Tanks Division at the Morek Hills, resulting in the death of several militants and the confiscation of several armored vehicles and weapons.

According to a battlefield journalist that is entrenched with the SAA’s 87th Brigade near the Morek Hills, the Islamist rebels from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jund Al-Aqsa” foolishly assumed that the pro-government forces had withdrawn from Tal Morek; however, upon their journey to the village of Ma’an, the Islamist rebels ambushed by the Syrian Armed Forces, who killed 16 enemy combatants in the process.

The source further added that at least two tanks were destroyed by the Syrian Armed Forces as a result of the ambush.

Following the ambush, Jund Al-Aqsa attempted to recover in order to relaunch the assault on Ma’an; however, it was too little, too late – they subsequently retreated back to the village of Morek after an embarrassing day.

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