With Islamist rebels focusing much of their manpower on Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) conducted a series highly significant gains in the northern Hama countryside today.

Following up on the capture of two hills yesterday, the SAA seized several kilometers of farm area along the M5-highway from Souran to Morek today. In what appears to be a pincer manuever, the SAA also captured ‘Al-Zahra Al-Aliyah’ hill and the imperative village of Al-Buwaydah.

Al-Buwaydah is strategically important as it is located directly south of Morek and its capture threatens to cut off insurgents at the towns of Taibat al-Imam and Halfaya.

Today’s advance was spearheaded by the Tiger Forces, but also supported by elements of the SAA’s 11th Division alongside the National Defence Forces ‘Qalomoun Shield’.

Upon capturing the aforementioned areas, Syrian government troops quickly set up artillery positions and began bombarding Islamist fighters at the Al-Madajen hill north of Taibat Al-Imam in preparation of storming it.

The pictures below are of today’s SAA advance:

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Student currently living in Denmark. Special focus on news from Syria, MENA map-making and strategical military analysis.

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