BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham once again beat back the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) assault on the strategic town of Al-Rahjan in the northeastern countryside of Hama.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham was able reassert control over the important hilltop of Tal Rahjan and Mazra’a Rahjan after withstanding the first and second waves of the Syrian Arab Army’s assault on Tuesday.
Al-Rahjan is Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s most important stronghold in northeast Hama; if lost, it would pave the way for the Syrian Army and their allies to enter the Idlib Governorate’s southeastern countryside.
In addition to its geographical importance, Al-Rahjan is also the hometown of the Syrian Minister of Defense, Fahd Jassim Al-Freij.
The Syrian Army has vowed to retake Al-Rahjan from Hay’t Tahrir Al-Sham after losing the town three years ago.