On Sunday morning, the Russian Air Force’s fighter jets and MI-24 Hind Helicopter Gunships conducted a number of airstrikes over the Idlib and Hama Governorates, targeting a number of military installations belonging to the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) inside the cities of Kafr Zita, Kafr Naboudeh, Al-Lataminah, Latmeen, Al-Tamana’ah, and Khan Sheikhoun.
According to a military source in the city of Mhardeh, the Russian Air Force struck Jabhat Al-Nusra’s main weapons depot inside the north Hama city of Kafr Zita, destroying this military site and a number of others before the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) carried out their ground assault on the Islamist rebel positions.
Following the Russian Air Force’s aerial bombardment, the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade of the 10th Tank Division – in coordination with National Defense Forces of Mhardeh – cleared out the remaining Islamist rebels holed-up inside of ‘Umm Harateen in northern Hama, imposing full control over this town after an intense firefight with Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army’s 101st Brigade.
In addition to their success at ‘Umm Harateen, the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade and the National Defense Forces – under the cover of Russian choppers – attacked the southwestern axis of Kafr Naboudeh, where they were confronted by a large contingent of Islamist rebel combatants.
Firefights are still ongoing between the two opposing parties; however, it has become clear that the Syrian Armed Forces’ offensive in northern is still ongoing, despite claims by the Islamist rebel social media activists about its failure.