On Thursday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade of the 10th Tank Brigade – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – launched an assault on the imperative hilltop of Tal Tur’i from their positions at the recently captured town of Sukeek inside the Idlib Governorate’s southern countryside, killing scores of enemy combatants, while also destroying a machine gun nest.
Prior to the Syrian Arab Army’s advance to Tal Tur’i, the Russian Air Force’s SU-34 fighter jets and MI-24 Hind Helicopter Gunships paved the way for the pro-government forces to attack this strategic hilltop near the town of Al-Taman’eh after they struck the defensive positions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham with repeated airstrikes.
With the help of the Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to bypass the Islamist rebel defenses and take full control of this hilltop; this was the last hill to the south of Al-Taman’eh that was under the control of the Islamist rebels.
Following the capture of Tal Tur’i, the Russian Air Force reappeared to strike the Islamist rebels inside the integral town of Al-Taman’eh, where they destroyed a number of armored vehicles belonging to Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army.
The Syrian Armed Forces are steadily advancing in southern Idlib, as they continue to push towards the Islamist rebel strongholds of Khan Sheikhoun and Al-Taman’eh – these two cities were captured during the Islamist rebel offensive in the Spring of 2014.