HAMA, SYRIA (1:05 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched their long-awaited counter-offensive to recapture the territory they lost to the jihadist rebels in the northern Hama countryside.
According to an Al-Masdar correspondent in the Tartous Governorate, the Syrian Armed Forces struck the jihadist rebel defenses at several axes today in a new bid to recover much of the territory near the provincial capital’s northern flank.
Led by the Shaheen Units of the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army will have an arduous journey to the Idlib Governorate border, as reinforcements from Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra front) recently arrived in northern Hama to aide the jihadist rebels.
Despite sending most of the soldiers to the east Aleppo countryside, the remaining Tiger Forces in northern Hama will still receive aerial support from their air battalion.
Also aiding the Tiger Forces will be the following government units:
- 555th Regiment of the 4th Mechanized Division
- 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division
- 47th Regiment of the 11th Tank Division
- Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP)
- National Defense Forces
- 3rd Armored Division
- Dara’ Qalamoun (Qalamoun Shield)
- Air Force Intelligence