DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:05 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) carried out a succesful assault on Abisan in the southeastern countryside of Aleppo, not only expelling the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from its positions in the village and a neighbouring hamlet but also capturing significant spoils of war in the process.

HTS released a series of photos covering the counter-attack, revealing it had captured a T-62 tank and two technicals from an SAA unit tasked with defending the village:

Chris Tomson | AMN

Chris Tomson | AMN

Photos of HTS combat vehicles attacking the village can be seen here too:

Chris Tomson | AMN

Chris Tomson | AMN

Abisan, a village located 70 kilometers south of Aleppo City, was otherwise liberated by the SAA last month as the latter broke through HTS’ defensive line in the rural area.

One prisoner-of-war (POW) was taken during this specific HTS operation on Thursday while two SAA soldiers were killed-in-action (KIA). In recent weeks, HTS has executed dozens of POW’s in response to the SAA’s ongoing offensive, stretching across several flanks in northeastern Hama and southern Aleppo.

Despite a brief setback for government forces, the SAA continues to probe HTS lines for weak points, constantly looking for easy targets for further advances. In the same time, the Russian Air Force is systematically pounding villages were jihadist resistance is proven more fierce.

An interactive map of the current frontline can be found here via a partner website.

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