DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:25 P.M.) – The Syrian Armed Forces, backed by the paramilitary National Defense Forces (NDF), carried on its counter-offensive in Hama northern countryside, restored several villages.
Government troops managed today to secure six points they have previously lost to jihadi groups; all located between Khattab and Qamhanah.
According to a military source, dozens of jihadi rebels were killed in the battles, as government forces prematurely destroyed a remote-controlled VBIED, 3 tanks and armored vehicles, as well as several artillery launching pads.
The jihadi coalition, led by al-Qaeda-linked Jabhet al-Nusra, failed to break the Army defense lines in Qamhana following waves of massive attacks.
Fierce clashes are currently taking place outside Khattab as the government forces attempt to break into the town which was taken over by militants in the first day of their assault.