HAMA, SYRIA (10:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their counter-offensive in the northern Hama countryside on Thursday, striking Jund Al-Aqsa’s (Syrian Al-Qaeda franchise) defenses near the key village of Ma’ardes.

According to the National Defense Forces (NDF) official page, the Syrian Armed Forces managed to capture the Al-‘Abadeh and Al-Khazaan Farms at the eastern entrance of Ma’ardes after a fierce battle with Jund Al-Aqsa and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Today’s capture of these farms has placed the Syrian Armed Forces at the gates of Ma’ardes, where they will likely face-off against a large jihadist contingent for control of this village.

On Wednesday, the Syrian Armed Forces withdrew from Ma’ardes’ outskirts after a failed assault; however, the capture of these farms today has put them in a better position to strike the village.

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