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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:40 P.M.) – On Monday, the Syrian Al-Qaeda branch and a couple Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions gathered all available fighters for a major joint counter-offensive in the northeastern countryside of Hama.

Targeting a rural area just north of the M42 Highway that was captured by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in recent weeks, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS/Al-Qaeda) and the FSA’s Jaish Al-Nasr and Central Division managed to retake the towns of Al-Baleel and Umm Turaykiyeh in the afternoon, reportedly using a chemical substance to kick off the offensive.

In the evening hours, jihadist forces also overran the neighboring village of Umm Khazaym. However, a SAA military source told Al-Masdar News moments ago that opposition claims of any further gains were false.

Pictures of the counter-offensive show jihadists gathering for the attack and posing for pictures in the newly captured area. A couple of the photos, published online by the FSA and HTS respectively, even show the exact same fighters, indicating that the groups are operating shoulder-to-shoulder on the battlefield:

One SAA soldier was captured alive (depicted above) during the counter-offensive but the SAA military source stressed that the government forces had not lost any troops, sustaining only a few flesh wounds to forwards units that were ordered to conduct a tactical retreat over fears of a chemical attack.

With darkness falling over Hama, the Russian Air Force began a wave of airstrikes on the newly captured villages in order to pave the way for a SAA counter-offensive.

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Clashes continue as we speak with the SAA trying to retake the lost turf overnight.

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Student currently living in Denmark. Special focus on news from Syria, MENA map-making and strategical military analysis.

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Every counter offensive by the government forces should pay the terrorists with interest of 100%. Namely the Syrian government forces need not only reclaim all lost terrotitory, but should continue their counter offensive to take at leat 3 extra towns from the terrorist occupation forces to make the point that any adventuristic attacks against government forces are futile.

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Mhhhh, bof!
Shithadists want their 72 virgin goats? Let’s help them!

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So… Moderate rebels, Mr.Kerry?

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Having started this uprising these FSA / AQ militants who have been battling against SAA for last so many years are not going to put down their weapons in any case and come to terms with Syrian Government & under the rule of President Assad. The fear of reprisals are very high. Even though many militant factions have reconciled and laid don their weapons and decided to come back to normal life. It is just like being in the middle of a deep lake and you cant stop swimming and you can’t go back from where you started as you… Read more »