On Wednesday evening, the coalition of Islamist factions in northern Syria – “Jaysh Al-Fateh” (Army of Conquest) – declared full control over the imperative town of Sukayk on the Hama-Idlib border after 48 hours of intense firefights with the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade from the 11th Tank Division.
The Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh – led by Ajnad Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – began their assault on Sukayk two weeks ago; however, this was mostly just skirmishes and an exchange of mortar shells with the Syrian Armed Forces.
Ajnad Al-Sham and their allies pounded the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses with several mortar shells and rockets this morning before they charged the northern perimeter of Sukayk, where they were able to force the 87th Brigade to withdraw to the southern flank of the town.
With Sukayk under their control, Ajnad Al-Sham and their Jaysh Al-Fateh allies are in prime position to strike the nearby town of ‘Atshan; if captured, Islamist rebels would have reversed the Syrian Arab Army’s gains from their early October offensive.
The Syrian Armed Forces are currently under attack by Jaysh Al-Fateh in northern Hama and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in east Hama; this has required them to reinforce several points inside this province in order to avoid losing anymore territory to the enemy.