Over the last 48 hours in the Hama Governorate’s northern countryside, the Syrian Al-Qaeda faction “Jund Al-Aqsa” has launched a powerful assault to capture the predominately ‘Alawi village of Ma’an from the National Defense Forces (NDF) after they imposed full control over the strategic town of Morek last month.
The Jund Al-Aqsa militants began their assault at the small village of Tal Bazzam, where they were confronted by a large contingent from the National Defense Forces that were entrenched around the northern flank.
Moments after launching their assault at Tal Bazzam, the Islamist rebels of Jund Al-Aqsa conducted another assault on Monday morning; this time, they concentrated on the village of Ma’an, striking the National Defense Forces’ frontline positions at the northern flank as they attempted to recapture this site after conceding to the Syrian Armed Forces last summer.
The Islamist rebels did not stop at Ma’an and Tal Bazzam; instead, they raised the stakes and attacked the villages of Souran, Al-Tayna, and Al-Buwayda, where they once again attempted to bypass the Syrian Armed Forces’ frontline defenses.
Unfortunately for the Islamist rebels, their bid to capture Ma’an and its surrounding villages turned into disaster as they suffered heavy losses to their military personnel and their military equipment; this includes at least 8 armored vehicles that were mounted with a variety of anti-aircraft machine guns.