BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – Syrian and Russian forces have inflicted big losses on jihadist militants in northern Hama Governorate following a new offensive launched by the latter today.

Early this morning, jihadist militants of the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group launched a powerful assault against Syrian Arab Army defenses around the fortress town of Ma’an in northern Hama.

In support of Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham is another powerful jihadist group, the Turkistan Islamic Party, an Idlib-based militia made up entirely of east Asian Uyghurs.

Minutes ago, reports came in that the Syrian Army, backed up by Russian airpower, successfully repelled the first wave of the jihadist onslaught, devastating militant forces in the process.

According to military sources, the Syrian Army has so far destroyed two battle tanks and one BMP infantry fighting vehicle belonging to Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham. Furthermore, more than 10 jihadist militants have been killed.

Both the Syrian and Russian air forces have kicked into top gear over northern Hama, targeting Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham bases and positions at the towns of Atshan, Sukaik, um Hariteen, Morek and Kafr Zita.

In any case, the offensive has not ended yet with jihadist forces currently in the midst of launching a second attack wave against Syrian Army positions.

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