It was another wild night in northern Hama as the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jund Al-Aqsa” – alongside Ajnad Al-Sham – continued their intense assault on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) controlled town of Morek.
On Wednesday night, Jund Al-Aqsa and their allies were able to impose fire control over Morek after capturing every checkpoint along the Kafr Zita-Morek Road that led to the town’s western flank; this was followed by a series of fierce clashes that ultimately resulted in the Syrian Arab Army’s 555th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division and the 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division’s retreat to the southeastern outskirts of Morek.
A few hours after their withdrawal from Morek, the Syrian Armed Forces returned to Morek, but this time with several fighters from Hezbollah, who helped them reclaim much of the town from Jund Al-Aqsa’s grip; however, this success was short-lived, as the Islamist rebels greatly outnumbered the pro-government forces.
The following morning, the Syrian Armed Forces were on the outskirts of Morek and the Islamist rebels were inside the town-center, where they raised their flag to signify victory at this strategic battle.
Unfortunately for the Syrian Armed Forces, Jund Al-Aqsa did not stop at Morek: the aforementioned Al-Qaeda group imposed full control over Tal Sukeek and then followed this up with their successfully entry into the imperative town of ‘Atshan.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are on the defensive against Jund Al-Aqsa and their allies, as the aforementioned Islamist rebel group strives to capture ‘Atshan and push south towards the towns of Souran and Taybat Al-Imam in northern Hama.