BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:25 A.M.) – After Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces stationed at the town of Ithriyah opened a new front against ISIS in eastern Hama Governorate during the early morning hours of yesterday, progress has since been steady.
Later on in the afternoon yesterday, the SAA continued to advance southeast of Ithriyah, securing the hill of Marina, entering into the town of Marina and liberating it after rather heavy clashes with ISIS in and around the settlement.
According to field sources, ISIS tried to counterattack.
Using three (3) vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) to spearhead the counter-stroke, the terrorist group attempted to wipe out forward SAA units and positions and clear the way for the recapture the Marina. However, in any case, the SAA managed to parry the counterattack and keep the town under government control.
Military sources are saying that the strategic objective of this new SAA front against ISIS will be to drive south, either in the direction of al-Suknah (southeast) or al-Sha’er (directly south), in order to physically isolate entrenched jihadist fighters in eastern Hama Governorate’s ‘Uqayribat region from their comrades in the provinces of Homs and Deir Ezzor.