Rebel factions loosely affiliated with Jaish al-Fateh have reopened the frontline in northern Hama in a move strategically aimed at relieving pressure from their insurgent comrades in Latakia and Aleppo, thus securing Idlib province from any future aggression of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
Idlib represents the functioning capital of Jaish al-Fateh while Hama city has been entirely under SAA control since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011.
Completely overwhelming the SAA, Jaish al-Fateh seized Suran and Taibat al-Imam, two large towns north of Hama city, in the matter of days. The Islamist coalition could also boast the downing of a Syrian helicopter which was operating in Hama on Friday afternoon.
News also broke that two Syrian soldiers were beheaded by Jaish al-Fateh groups on Hama’s northern outskirts earlier today.
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