The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) appeared all but finished in the Idlib Governorate after the conglomerate of Al-Qaeda affiliates known as “Jaysh Al-Fateh” (Army of Conquest) captured a number of towns and military installments on Tuesday, leaving the province of Latakia susceptible to an offensive from these same Islamist fighters.

Following this Jaysh Al-Fateh offensive, the Syrian Army’s 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), the newly formed Liwaa Al-Assoud Al-Jabal (Lions of the Mountain Brigade), and the 106th Brigade of the Republican Guard – launched their own assault on Al-Mansoura and Khirbat Al-Naqous, capturing these towns after a fierce firefight with Jaysh Al-Fateh militants.

On Friday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces surprised Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” with a large-scale offensive in the northeastern countryside of the Al-Ghaab Plains.

Not long after they began their offensive, the Syrian Armed Forces captured the town of Zayzoun, killing over 20 enemy combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham in the process.

The Syrian Armed Forces did not stop there, they would capture the Zayzoun Thermal Station and the town of Al-Ziyadiyah near the city of Frikka in the Idlib Governorate.

With the capture of Al-Ziyadiyah, the Syrian Armed Forces have reentered the Idlib Governorate after a brief 48 hour absence; this also paved the way for them to launch their counter-assault at the city of Frikka.

According to journalist Hosein Murtada, the Syrian Armed Forces – led by the Tiger Forces – have arrived at the southern axis of Frikka and the western axis Qarqour – clashes are still ongoing.

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Daahireeto Mohamud
Daahireeto Mohamud
2015-08-02 13:36

SAA should capitalize the momuntum it gained in Alghab plains and near Jisri area, this counteroffensive should contemplate retaking of Jisr or, at least, encirling it, If the SAA cannot capitalize its offensives and counteroffensives effectively, I think then there is problem that needs to be addressed, the best defence is always offenisve, if you behave like goalkeeper as one analyst in Lebanon put it the othe day, then you should expect,one way or another, many goals will be scored agaisnt you in this ”shoot out like game”