Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Division cross an open field after the Islamist rebels fled building ahead.

On the eve of the new year, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Al-Salamiyah and Hama City – have reportedly imposed full control over 7 villages in the Hama Governorate’s southeastern countryside after a violent battle with the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham this morning.

Accoridng to a battlefield journalist embedded in eastern Hama, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade and their allies seized the villages of Zorsirayheen, Muktat, Jinan, Al-Saroumiyah, Ra’boun, Al-Mukhraz, and Al-Muradiyah near the Hama Military Airport, killing over 30 enemy combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham in the process.

For several months, the southeastern Hama front has been relatively quiet due to the heavy fighting taking place along the Hama-Idlib border; however, after today’s surprise attack by the Syrian Armed Forces, the Hama Military Airport has finally been cleared from any rebel threat.

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