The conglomerate of Al-Qaeda affiliated militias known as “Jaysh Al-Fateh” (Army of Conquest) launched another powerful assault on the imperative hill at Tal Sheikh Khattab inside the Idlib Governorate, where they confronted a large force from the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division on Wednesday morning.
Similar to their previous assault they conducted two weeks ago, the Jaysh Al-Fateh attack at Tal Sheikh Khattab ended in disaster, as the Syrian Armed Forces overpowered the swarming enemy combatants from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda organization “Jabhat Al-Nusra.”
According to a military source in the Al-Ghaab Plains, the number of casualties sustained by Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham greatly exceeded 30 dead and 40 wounded, marking the second time in two weeks that the Islamist forces failed to breach the Syrian Arab Army’s frontline defenses at Tal Sheikh Khattab.
Meanwhile, west of Tal Sheikh Khattab, another contingent from the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade has advanced to the southern outskirts of the Sugar Factory, which is strategically located a little over a kilometer from the large city of Jisr Al-Shughour in northwest Idlib.
If the Syrian Armed Forces capture the Sugar Factory, they will be in position to launch a counter-attack at the city of Jisr Al-Shughour’s eastern perimeter; this is the same approach the militants from Jaysh Al-Fateh took when they took control of Jisr Al-Shughour in late April of 2015.