BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – For the second time in the last 24 hours, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has launched a counter-offensive to reclaim the territory they lost in the northwestern countryside of Hama.
Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Army began their assault by storming the large hilltop of Tal Malah. This attack resulted in a series of intense clashes that are still ongoing at this time.
According to a military source in the town of Mhardeh, the Syrian and Russian air forces are peppering the militant-held towns of Al-Latamneh, Kafr Zita, Zakat, and Jibeen in an attempt to weaken their resolve against the Syrian Arab Army.
While the Syrian Army Army was able to retake Kafr Houd on Friday morning, they failed to hold onto Tal Malah after launching a heavy assault on Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s defenses.
At the same time, the Syrian Army is attempting to fend off a jihadist assault on the key town of Kernaz in northwestern Hama. On Friday, the jihadist rebels launched an assault on this town, hitting the Syrian Army’s defenses with a VBIED during the first hours of the attack.
The Syrian military was able to forestall the jihadist advance at Kernaz, killing and wounding dozens of militants during the battle.