Last week, the Syrian Arab Army’s 47th Brigade of 11th Tank Division imposed full control over the strategic village of Harbinafseh in the Hama Governorate’s southern countryside after a short battle with the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
However, just a few hours after declaring Harbinafseh under their control, the Syrian Arab Army’s 47th Brigade and their allies were forced to withdraw north in order to evade the large Islamist contingent from the nearby city of Al-Rastan that were sent to this village to help drive back the pro-government forces.
Over the weekend, the Syrian Arab Army’s 47th Brigade and their allies have clashed with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army at the northern axis of Harbinafseh, making only a small number of gains despite the large presence of Russian aircraft flying over the village.
Finally, on Sunday night, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to bypass the Islamist rebel defenses and enter Harbinafseh’s northern sector after another intense battle.
According to a military source in Hama, the Syrian Arab Army’s 47th Brigade and their allies are currently on the move in Harbinafseh, where they look to seize the village over the next few days after wearing out the enemy forces.