BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and local pro-government militias have effectively ended an offensive launched by the Al-Qaeda-linked Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) jihadist group against the strategic government-held town of al-Hader in northern Quientra Governorate (near the Israeli-occupied Golan region).

Earlier today, HTS launched a surprise assault against Syrian Army defenses on the hill of Tal al-Hira, capturing the imperative high-point and enticing Syrian forces to withdraw in the direction of al-Hader.

However, almost immediately, the Syrian Army, backed up by local pro-government fighters of the National Defence Forces (NDF), re-grouped east of al-Hader town and launched a counterattack against HTS.

Moments ago reports came in from military sources confirming that SAA and NDF troops managed to fight their way back up Tal al-Hira, eject HTS militants from the hill and reclaim their original positions.

By this advance, Syrian forces have fully reversed all jihadist gains made earlier today. Whether or not HTS attempts to make another push on al-Hader (which is quite possible) is yet to be seen.

 

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