Just 36 hours after the Syrian Armed Forces launched an offensive in the Al-Ghaab Plains of the Hama Governorate, the conglomerate of Al-Qaeda affiliates “Jaysh Al-Fateh” (Army of Conquest) conducted their own counter-offensive in order to recapture the territory that the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” took control of on Monday night.

Two days ago, the Tiger Forces – backed by the 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and Liwaa Assoud Al-Jabal (Lions of the Mountain Brigade) – captured the towns of Al-Mansoura, Khirbat Naqous, Tal Wassit, Al-Ziyarah, and Al-Misheek after a surprise offensive in the Al-Ghaab Plains.

The aforementioned towns were the target for the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh on Wednesday morning, as they attempted to reclaim this territory amid the tumultuous roar of airstrikes from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF), who continued their aerial campaign over the Idlib Governorate and the Al-Ghaab Plains.

Unfortunately, the Jaysh Al-Fateh factions – led by Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – were unable to recapture these towns, despite claims by rebel social media activists that the aforementioned Islamist militants took control of Al-Misheek.

According to a military source in Joureen, the Syrian Armed Forces and Jaysh Al-Fateh are currently battling at the southern axis of Qarqur, the eastern flanks of Tal Wassit, Al-Mansoura, and Al-Ziyarah, and inside the town of Al-Hankoura to the south; if the Islamist rebels can recapture these towns, they will have recaptured the territory they lost to the SAA.

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The objective of the Syrian Armed Forces’ offensive is not yet clear; however, they have lost three tanks to the Jaysh Al-Fateh TOW missiles and a number of armored vehicles during their advance to Qarqur.

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