BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The militant death toll in July has already exceeded the previous months in 2019, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told Al-Masdar News this afternoon.
According to the army source, the combination of Russian airstrikes and several failed attacks by groups like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) have led to a death toll that exceeds 300.
Unlike previous months, the Russian Air Force has taken the initiative with their airstrikes in the governorates of Hama and Idlib, often targeting underground bases and tunnels with the help of local spies.
Among some of the most devastating Russian strikes took place during the last two weeks, when they began destroying underground bases belonging to groups like Jaysh Al-Izza in Al-Latamnah and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in Khan Sheikhoun.
Not to be outdone, the Syrian Arab Army has also managed to inflict a large number of casualties within the ranks of the jihadist forces.
Perhaps one of the deadliest battles in the last two months, the jihadist rebels launched a massive attack on the town of Al-Qasabiyah in the second week of July.
What started off as a successful offensive for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham would later end in disaster for the jihadist group, as a powerful counter-offensive by the Tiger Forces killed an estimated 100+ enemy fighters.
For the most part, the Syrian Army has remained idle in northwestern Syria, despite the massive buildup of troops in both the Al-Ghaab Plain and eastern axis of Khan Sheikhoun.
The attack on the jihadist stronghold of Kabani and nearby Al-Sirmaniyeh was short-lived; however, it appears the military is preparing to resume operations in northwestern Syria in the coming weeks, as more reinforcements and new Russian equipment continue to reach the front-lines.