Hama, Syria (8:30 P.M.) – Not long after seizing the town of Souran in northern Hama, the Syrian Al-Qaeda franchise “Jund Al-Aqsa” and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) shifted their attention to the small Alawi village of Ma’an near the Idlib-Hama Highway.
In the past, Jund Al-Aqsa and their allies have targeted this small village; however, besides controlling it for a short while in 2014, they have been unable to expel the Syrian Armed Forces from Ma’an.
Jund Al-Aqsa is now making another attempt to capture Ma’an after seizing several villages from the Syrian Arab Army’s 11th Tank Division in the northern Hama countryside.
According to Jund Al-Aqsa’s official media wing, their forces have already captured a small barrier to the north of this village; however, they have also seized this site several times in the past.
While, most of the villagers have now fled Ma’an, the small remaining Alawi population still remembers the horrors of the massacre perpetrated by the rebel fighters in 2014; it is one of the reasons why many of the male inhabitants joined the National Defense Forces (NDF).