BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a powerful counter-offensive inside southwestern Idlib on Tuesday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at three towns.
Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Izza, the militants attempted to retake the towns of Qasabiyah, Jamleh, and Kafr Houd along the Hama-Idlib axis.
However, their offensive would take a disastrous turn after the Syrian Arab Army destroyed seven of their vehicles, including two Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham tanks and three technical vehicles.
The militants were ultimately forced to withdraw from the front after losing dozens of fighters at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces.
A source from the Syrian Army estimated between 25-35 jihadist rebels were killed during the failed offensive.
The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed the jihadist losses were around this estimate. The SOHR report put the death toll for the militant forces at 31.
Similar to the Syrian Army’s short-comings at Tal Malah, the jihadist forces have failed to retake Qasabiyah, Kafr Houd, and Jamleh on several occasions in the last two weeks.