The conglomerate of Al-Qaeda affiliates “Jaysh Al-Fateh” (Army of Conquest)” has launched a massive counter-offensive inside the Al-Ghaab Plains of the Hama Governorate, where they attacked the Syrian Armed Forces’ frontline defenses at a number of points on Wednesday morning.

Jaysh Al-Fateh – led by their two largest forces: Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – began their counter-offensive at the strategically located hilltop of Tal Hamki yesterday; this powerful assault resulted in the withdrawal of all the Syrian Arab Army’s soldiers to the nearby hilltop at Tal ‘Awar.

Following their capture of Tal Hamki, Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham – in coordination with Jund Al-Aqsa and Ajnad Al-Sham – carried out another powerful assault; this time, at the nearby hilltop of Tal ‘Awar, where they were able to impose full-control over the main hill and its surroundings.

The Islamist forces did not stop there, they would large numerous attacks at the western Al-Ghaab towns of Al-Bahsa, Fawru, and Safsaafa, along with a powerful assault at the Zayzoun Thermal Station and the town of Ziyadah.

Finally, after fours of fierce firefights, the Islamist rebels from Jaysh Al-Fateh were able to seize the town of Ziyadah and the Zayzoun Thermal Station; however, their success was later rewarded with a number of airstrikes from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF), as the latter would pound their positions for over two hours on Wednesday night.

The situation is currently very tense at the moment, as both Jaysh Al-Fateh and the Syrian Armed Forces battle for control of these contested areas.

 

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