The conglomerate of Al-Qaeda affiliates known as “Jaysh Al-Fateh” have regrouped and captured the strategic hills of Tal Khattab, Tal ‘Awar, and Tal Hamka; along with the towns of Frikka, Mushayrafah, Salat Al-Zuhour, and Zayzoun after the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division withdrew from this stretch of agricultural lands in the Idlib Governorate.

With the capture of these sites in the Al-Ghaab Plains, the Islamist groups that make up Jaysh Al-Fateh have now secured the remaining area that surrounds the imperative city of Jisr Al-Shughour; this was guaranteed after they took control of the Sawmill Barrier earlier this morning.

According to field reports from the Idlib Governorate, the Islamist groups from Jaysh Al-Fateh and the Syrian Armed Forces clashed for two hours before the aforementioned withdrew to the south in order to reinforce their positions near the hills at  Tal Wassit and Tal Sheikh Elyas.

The Syrian Armed Forces will have to find another route to the city of Jisr Al-Shughour after their withdrawal this morning, as Jaysh Al-Fateh has completely cut them off from the eastern flank; this leaves only the southern flank of Jisr Al-Shughour susceptible to an assault by the Syrian Armed Forces from the town of Ishtabraq.

 

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