DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:30 A.M.) – Islamist fighters are rushing to aid Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS/Al-Qaeda) in northeastern Hama after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has reopened the frontier amid a surprise offensive that has seen government forces capture a dozen villages north of the M42 Highway over the past week.
Photos released by Failaq Al-Sham today shows its militants reinforcing HTS’ defensive line in the countryside of northeastern Hama in anticipation of the next SAA push:
On the other side of the battlefield, Major General Mohammad Khaddour – commander-in-chief of the elite 3rd Legion – has been tasked with advancing towards the provincial border with Idlib.
According to Al-Masdar News expert Ibrahim Joudeh, the initial targets of the government offensive are to capture the Islamist stronghold of Abu Dahur and recapture the village of Abu Dali. Once these strategic objectives are secured, General Mohammad Khaddour will oversee a military campaign to retake the Idlib Governorate.