BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a big assault last night on the besieged Shiite towns of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya in the Idlib Governorate.

Led by the Uzbek fighters, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham stormed eastern Kafraya from their positions at the Barouma Farms.

This jihadist attack resulted in a fierce battle with pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) that would last for several hours last night.

According to the National Defense Forces, their troops and Hezbollah managed to fend off the jihadist rebels and force them to retreat back to the Barouma Farms after they failed to infiltrate into Kafraya.

The National Defense Forces added that the jihadist rebels suffered heavy losses during the overnight battle.

This latest attack by the jihadist rebels in Idlib is another violation of the Astana peace agreement, which was established by the Turkish and Russian delegations.

In response to these attacks, the Russian and Syrian air forces have been heavily bombarding the jihadist-held towns in the Idlib governorate.

With these latest escalations, the Russian military may force Turkish to step in and force the jihadist rebels to retreat from this part of the Idlib Governorate.

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Stop calling these hooligans Jihadists. Call them their real names. AMERICAN TERRORISTS.

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Muslims call them Khawarij.

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As if Erdogan could stop them now anyway. He did have some say with them when the truce he brokered between his own FSA forces and HTS was holding, but hot heads in the FSA ended it when they killed a few HTS fighters and I don’t think he has any influence over them at all now. Besides where would they go even if he did. HTS is Saudi backed, not Turkish backed, how much real sway has he ever really had with them, not much I suspect. In the original Astana agreement HTS were designated as enemies and were… Read more »

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very well said. Nice analysis.