DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:45 P.M.) – Two days after jihadi groups blitzed the government positions in northern Hama countryside, seizing several villages and towns, the Syrian Army has re-grouped forces and began a partial counter-offensive.
Government troop – backed by heavy Syrian and Russian airstrikes – managed to recapture Kawkab village located directly to the east of Suran.
Huge reinforcements poured the frontlines of northern Hama as the Nusra-led assault posed a serious threat to the provincial capital and its operational airbase.
Pro-rebel sources confirmed that militants who have been evacuated from insurgent-held pockets outside Damascus – such as Darayya, Qudsaya and al-Hama – account for the large number of fighters involved in this attack.
Meanwhile, the hardline militiamen continue to Mahardah, Syria’s largest Christian city, with mortar shells and homegrown missiles.
Russian SU-25 fighter jets conducted nonstop airstrikes on the jihadi outposts around Kawkab, Ma’ardis, Suran, Taibat al-Imam and Al-Lataminah. Syrian attack helicopters have also effectively participated in the battles.
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