On Tuesday afternoon inside the Hama Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – launched a surprise assault on the village of Abu Al-Ghar, striking the defensive positions of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Ajnad Al-Sham at the western flank, while the Syrian Air Force bombarded the Hama-Idlib border in order to obstruct any reinforcements from coming to the aid of the opposition fighters.

Following a long battle with the Islamist rebels of Ajnad Al-Sham and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham that lasted almost 8 hours, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade and their allies seized all of the military posts leading to Abu Al-Ghar from the strategic village of Al-Sa’an in eastern Hama.

In addition to seizing the military posts from Al-Sa’an, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade and their allies entered Abu Al-Ghar, staking their positions at the western flank of this small village near the Idlib Governorate.

Abu Al-Ghar has long been under the control of the Islamist rebels in eastern Hama; it has now become the target of the Syrian Armed Forces, as they attempt to restore several points along the Hama-Idlib border that were captured by the Islamist rebels during their 2014 offensive.

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