BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – Several hours after losing the key town of Kafr Naboudeh, the jihadist rebels assembled their forces for a counter-offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northwestern Hama.
Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels stormed the Syrian Army’s positions at the eastern flank of Kafr Naboudeh last night. The jihadist rebels attempted to crack the Syrian Army’s lines after pushing westward from Tal Sakher.
However, a few hours after launching the attack, the jihadist rebels were forced to retreat from the eastern sector of Kafr Naboudeh, leaving the Syrian Army in full control of the town.
According to a military source in northwestern Hama, the jihadist rebels were forced to retreat after they suffered a number of casualties at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army. Most of the casualties were members of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army faction, Jaysh Al-Izza.
The source added that the Syrian Arab Army is likely to resume their offensive in the area so that they can officially secure Kafr Naboudeh.