DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:50 P.M.) – Dozens of Syrian troops were either killed-in-action or captured alive by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) on Sunday after the Al-Qaeda affiliated group attacked the village of Abu Dali, located on the provincial border between Hama and Idlib, from all flanks in a highly coordinated offensive this afternoon.

Despite over 20 airstrikes by the Russian Air Force, HTS belligerents broke through trenches set up by the National Defence Forces (NDF) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and imposed full control over Abu Dali, taking a number of prisoners of war in the process:

Nearby, HTS also claimed to have destroyed an SAA tank (last photo) that was heading towards the strategic hill top of Tall Aswad in northern Hama.

Abu Dali has long served as a trading village between the warring parties; however, its fate was sealed after being cutoff from the government mainland due to the fall of Mushayrifah, a neighbouring village, on Saturday.

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Boris Kazlov
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Boris Kazlov

My heart bleeds for my brothers.

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Syria was never defeated,(period) they got russia on their side too,not just iran and hezbolla,to be frank Syria is too strong,too powerfull,too quick,you’ll see!
The thing that amazes me about miseducateds is that they fail to acknowledge that assad has the most powerfull connections on earth this ain’t cia saddams!

hestroy
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But Heebs use all available Goyim around the world including Wahhabi apes. Still huge force. Those cretatures from (isra)Hell are desperate and desperate beasts do desperate things.

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This is a big fail for Russia. It is a fail because the terrorists came from the safe heaven and terrorist incubator in Idleb created for them by Russia. Second, because when you have mastery of the sky you should never allow this to happen. HTS and their allied terrorists conveniently called ‘moderate rebels’ simply took a joy ride in open view of potential aircraft or helicopter attacks which never turned up or were very inaccurate in their bombings as can be seen in one of the photos. Where are the flying tanks, the SU25 or the Ka52 Alligator and… Read more »
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Cyriak Papasissis
It is very sad and raises questions the fact , that while the RuAF had plenty of time in support of the many times coming but never materializing Turkish Idlib intervention, they left citizens and SAA-NDF troops in Abu Dali without the massive cover needed under the circumstances. Very wrong judgement of the priorities . How are they going to save the lives of the abducted ??? The central planning seems to be haphazard. So many lives sacrificed due to hasty planning. In Abu Dali and also in Al Shulah , Al Sukhna. Lives thrown away.
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In a way, Abu Dali village did stick out like a sore thumb. Something like the Mule Shoe position (battle of Spotsylvania) in 1864 during the American Civil War. Even if the position was superbly fortified, without adequate reinforcements or support, and being surrounded on three fronts, holding out wasn’t going to be easy.

igybundy
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WTF! This should never have been allowed to happen. Does not look like they were short of ammo or weapons.

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