HAMA, SYRIA (2:55 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a wide-scale assault in the northern Hama countryside on Saturday, targeting the strategic village of Ma’an along the Idlib-Hama Highway (M-5 Highway).

Led by Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda franchise) and Jund Al-Sham (Chechen jihadist group), the jihadist rebels seized Ma’an after a short battle with the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division.

Ma’an was once a thriving Alawi villages on the border of the Idlib Governorate; however, it was quickly depopulated after the Free Syrian Army carried out a ruthless massacre in mid-2014, killing over 60 people and forcing the remaining civilians to flee south towards Hama city.

With Ma’an under their control, the jihadist rebels will likely push further south along the Idlib-Hama Highway in order to reach Hama’s provincial capital.

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Jack Freeman
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@leithfadel Why was it a short battle? That’s the most concerning thing right now. SAA in Hama is back to running away.

Daeshbags Sux
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Nope, they’re dancing.
Learn about real military strategy or learn to play chess…

Rafael Lleães
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Rafael Lleães

4 now! Soon the rats gona flee!

Neo Phoenix
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Neo Phoenix

Not Only Flee, They Gonna Add Manure To Syrian Soil!!! They Shall Never Get The Chance To Escape The Borders!!!

David Roma
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Very dangerous! Time to throw some russian MOABs over them.

Jens
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c**p 🙁

Elena Juki Bekić
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Elena Juki Bekić

No! Did the people manage to flee?

Faishal Hassan Ali Fawwaz
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Faishal Hassan Ali Fawwaz

the people in there arleady go to the save place

Neo Phoenix
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Neo Phoenix

Chill… Its EMPTY!!! The Populace Are Safe With SAA Protection… Just Wait For The Right Time!!!

Ahmet Kara
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Ahmet Kara

@leithfadel Why SAA is still very weak in Hama ? What happening in Hama ?

kit
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So much for the massive reinforcements and offensive to push back their gains! What the h**l is going on here.

Ahmet Kara
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Ahmet Kara

Where is SAA Hama offensive ?

Macdriz6
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Macdriz6

Terrorist about to die in Alawite removed from syria,,they are terrorist

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Karol Kodeks

Your mom is terrorist also, cuz born such Islamic a*****e.