Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division – alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Al-Salamiyah – imposed full control over 2 villages in the northeastern countryside of the Hama Governorate after a violent battle with the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

According to several field journalists in northeastern Hama, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade and their allies established full control over the villages of Al-Zinkahiyah and Kabasin after advancing west from the strategic town of Al-Sa’an near the Idlib Governorate’s southern border.

The capture of these aforementioned villages in northeastern Hama has resulted in the Syrian Armed Forces expanding on their buffer-zone around the Syrian government stronghold of Al-Sa’an; this strategic town is located northeast of the provincial capital and the imperative city of Al-Salamiyah.

Al-Sa’an is extremely important to the Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command due to its location along the Hama-Raqqa Highway; if it is lost to either the Islamist rebels or the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham”, then the Syrian Armed Forces’ primary supply route (Khanasser Highway) to the Aleppo Governorate will be in danger of being cutoff.

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