BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – All reports claiming the Russian military is displeased with the Tiger Forces’ commander, Major General Suheil Al-Hassan, are false, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northwestern Hama told Al-Masdar this afternoon.
According to the source, the opposition is spreading false rumors about the Russian military and General Al-Hassan after they incorrectly claimed 4th Division commander Major General Maher Al-Assad was pictured in northwestern Hama recently.
The photo in question was actually of a Tiger Forces officer that resembled General Assad.
The source added the opposition is attempting to paint the Syrian Army’s offensive as a failure, despite the fact they lost two major strongholds in northwestern Hama.
Rumors about General Maher Al-Assad have surfaced throughout the war, with almost all of the claims being false. Among the most widely spread rumors was that General Assad lost his legs during the July 18th, 2012 bombing in Damascus.
Furthermore, in recent weeks, opposition outlets have alleged that Iranian and Russian backed troops have clashed at this front; however, these claims were also false.
The Iranian military and their allied troops are not active at the front-lines in Hama and Idlib; they have mostly taken a defensive role, with units like the Local Defense Forces deploying their troops to captured areas.