While the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and Jabhat Al-Shamiyah lose several kilometers of territory in northern Latakia and southern Aleppo, their allies from Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) have renewed their large-scale offensive in the Hama Governorate’s northern countryside, despite repeated calls for assistance against the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah in the more volatile fronts.

Dismissing Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra’s distress calls in southern Aleppo, Jund Al-Aqsa launched a powerful assault on the small villages of Ma’sasineh, Al-Buwaydah, and Markabat near the strategic towns Taybat Al-Imam and Souran; this assault is meant to advance their positions along the strategic Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway) that flows through the provincial capital of the Hama Governorate.

So far, the Islamist rebels of Jund Al-Aqsa have claimed to capture Markabat and Al-Buwaydah after advancing from the nearby town of Al-Lataminah; however, a local journalist embedded with the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Brigade has denied these claims, stating that the Islamists have not entered Al-Buwaydah.

The Syrian journalist has also added that Jund Al-Aqsa and their allies have suffered heavy casualties and the loss of 6 armored vehicles that were mounted with a variety of anti-aircraft vehicles.

Should the Islamist rebels of Jund Al-Aqsa seize Al-Buwaydah; this would leave the imperative town of Souran as the next target for the Al-Qaeda combatants in northern Hama.

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Daahireeto Mohamud
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It is stupid Nothern Hama, that area needs more re-enforcement from SAA and its allies, I have already said Southern Aleppo is important , but is not deadly strategic for the SAA. I think why more Hezbollah, Iraqi, Iranian and Afghani fighters are focusing on that front is because they want to lift the zeige on Fu’ah and Kafriya, that is good thing to do but is not military or strategic priority, it is moral, and in wars military and strategic objecives always tramp moral goals.