The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – in coordination with the 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division, Liwaa Al-Assoud Al-Jabal (Lions of the Mountain Brigade), and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – have made significant progress in the Al-Ghaab Plains, capturing large swathes of territory from the conglomerate of Al-Qaeda affiliates “Jaysh Al-Fateh” over the last four days.
On Friday, the Syrian Armed Forces made significant gains in the Al-Ghaab Plains, capturing Ziyadiyah, the Zayzoun Power Plant, the Zayzoun Dam, Marj al-Zuhour, and Tal ‘Awar after fierce clashes with Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Ansar Al-Sham, and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” throughout the day.
With the success at the aforementioned sites, the Syrian Armed Forces have advanced to the strategically located town of Frikka and the imperative hilltop at Tal Hamki, where they have confronted a large contingent of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra, andn Jund Al-‘Aqsa combatants – firefights are still ongoing between the two parties.
Despite claims from the Opposition’s social media activists regarding the recapture of Frikka, the Syrian Armed Forces had never actually entered the town of Frikka; it was abandoned by the Islamist rebels and then later, they reentered this town after a short absence.
To the west of Frikka, the Syrian Armed Forces and Jaysh Al-Fateh are immersed in an intense firefight for the towns of Fawru and Al-Sirmaniyah – clashes are still ongoing.
The Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh launched a counter-offensive near the Prophet Younis Mountains in the western countryside of the Al-Ghaab Plains; however, they have yet to make any significant gains, despite claims that they captured Fawru near the town of Joureen.