BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 A.M.) – The jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels have launched a counter-offensive this evening to retake the key town of Kafr Naboudeh in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate.
Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses at the eastern flank of Kafr Naboudeh. A fierce battle would breakout shortly after the militants approached the town.
According to a military source near the front-lines, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies are heavily pushing to reenter Kafr Naboudeh. He would add that both sides have suffered several casualties as a result of tonight’s battle.
On Sunday morning, the Syrian Arab Army recaptured Kafr Naboudeh from the militants following a week-long bombardment of the town. Not long after retaking the town, the Syrian Arab Army found themselves under heavy bombardment by the jihadist forces in nearby Tal Sakher.
As long as the militants control Tal Sakher, the Syrian Arab Army will not be able to secure Kafr Naboudeh and its surrounding area.
In addition to securing Kafr Naboudeh, the Syrian Army will have to eventually capture the Shashabo Mountain in order to secure Qal’at Al-Madiq in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate.