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BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army scored (SAA) momentous gains on Friday morning, seizing the villages of Khattab, Zawr Al-Maslaq, Zawr Al-Jadeed, Soubein, Al-Majdal, and Al-Shayr on the outskirts of Hama city following a massive blitz offensive.

Led by contingents of the 5th Legion and Tiger Forces, government forces then attacked the Abu Ubaydah and Al-Shliout checkpoints directly north of Mhardeh beginning at noon in a concentric push to safeguard the predominately Christian city.

With heavy clashes ongoing as we speak, the SAA is systematically rolling back a vulnerable Islamist salient in rural Hama with overwhelming firepower. The Russian Airforce is highly active in the region, denying insurgents maneuverability between towns under their control.

Despite Syrian government troops averting a looming assault on the cities of Hama and Mhardeh, the SAA is expected to intensify its Hama counter-insurgency operations, ultimately looking to retake the imperative towns of Souran, Taibat Al-Imam and Halfaya.

Should the aforementioned towns fall into government hands, the SAA could initiate its long-awaited Idlib offensive in a bid to prevent future jihadist offensives in the Hama governorate.

Click here for a HD map of Hama.

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Student currently living in Denmark. Special focus on news from Syria, MENA map-making and strategical military analysis.

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I hope that SAA will be sucessfull 🙂

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Yes hope so too. The SAA has beaten them in Aleppo.

So why not again?

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Hope the SAA gains the momentum to push Qaeda behind its prepared defense lines and drives them all the way to Hatay and beyond.

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Well done SAA. Time to liberate Khan Chikhoun

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El ejercito Sirio en esta ofensiva debe rodear Tibat Al-Imam, también hacer lo mismo en Hulfaya, de ahí en adelante solo tiene pequeñas aldeas y los mercenarios tendrían que retroceder hasta Latamna.
Espero que no se detenga con solo recuperar las zonas perdidas y luego se mantenga el famoso alto al fuego propuesto por Erdogan.