BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels thew everything they had at the key town of Kafr Naboudeh in northwestern Hama these last 12 hours.
Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the militants suffered heavy losses during their first major assault on Kafr Naboudeh. While they managed to enter the eastern district, they were ultimately forced to retreat after sustaining a significant number of casualties within their ranks.
Following their first attack, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies regrouped to launch a second assault to capture Kafr Naboudeh. This second assault would prove successful as they were able to push the Syrian Army outside the town for the first time since they lost Kafr Naboudeh.
A source in northwestern Hama said the Syrian Army has since launched a counter-attack and reestablished a presence inside the town. The source adds that the militants have sacrificed and lost many fighters over the last 12 hours.
If the Syrian Army is successful in retaking Kafr Naboudeh, they will have to capture the large hilltop Tal Sakher. Tal Sakher overlooks the eastern part of Kafr Naboudeh; if it remains under militant control, the town cannot be secured.