One day after repelling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) large-scale assault on the important town of Sheikh Hilal, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade launched their own offensive to cutoff the terrorist group’s primary supply route in the eastern countryside of the Hama Governorate.
The Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) – began their attack by targeting ISIL’s positions at the village of Abu Hanaya; this would result in a long and bloody battle on Friday as the government forces made a push towards the nearby town of Al-Hardana.
ISIL fought hard, but in the end, they were unable to maintain control over the Abu-Hanaya-Hardana Road due to the Syrian Arab Army’s relentless push and the Syrian Arab Air Force’s merciless airstrikes that helped weaken the terrorist group’s defenses and resolve.
With the Abu Hanaya-Hardana Road cutoff, ISIL has lost one of its most important supply routes in the east Hama countryside, leaving them in desperate need to counter the Syrian Arab Army’s recent advance before it is too late.
Making matters worse for ISIL in east Hama, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade is also pushing southeast towards the terrorist group’s main stronghold at ‘Aqayrbat; if captured by the Syrian Armed Forces, ISIL will be cutoff from another important supply route.