DAMASCUS, SYRIA (19:35 P.M.) – Speeding up its Hama counter-offensive on Monday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reversed almost all rebel gains in central Syria since jihadist factions launched their large-scale offensive on March 21.
After the liberation of Maardes town, the SAA’s Tiger Forces proceeded to seize control of Maardes bridge, Maardes Silos, the Abu Zidan farms and the nearby Isakandryah village.
Effectively, the SAA has established forward positions on the southern and eastern flanks of Souran. In fact, preliminary reports suggest Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (Syrian Al-Qaeda) has already largely withdrawn from the town, pulling back to its pre-offensive frontline.
Yesterday, special forces from Russia and Iran arrived to reinforce government forces in the region while Hezbollah (Lebanese paramilitary units were also spotted in the countryside of Hama, a military source told Al-Masdar News.
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