BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:55 P.M.) – Syrian special forces, in support of standard Syrian Army units, have repelled a huge assault by jihadist rebels – some of them linked to Al-Qaeda – in northern Hama Governorate today.

Early this morning, jihadist militants of Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (Al-Qaeda affiliate) and the Turkistan Islamic Party launched a powerful offensive against the Syrian Army positions in northern Hama.

The terrorists employed battle tanks, artillery and cannon-armed gun-trucks in an attempt to break government lines near the fortress town of Ma’an, a key army defense nexus in the region.

In the event, two particular Syrian Army elite detachments, the Al-Sahabat Regiment of the Tigers Forces and the Al-Komeet Group, were present near Ma’an.

According to reports, both formations, fighting side by side, played a critical role in rebuffing today’s jihadist onslaught at the gates of Ma’an. The two units also turned back threatening militant attacks in the area of Zaghbat Tulisiyah.

The special forces detachments repelled two separate attack waves that where launched on Ma’an by Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham and Turkistan Islamic Party terrorists.

As of the present time, the front-lines around northern Hama have settled down with army forces and militant groups now just trading artillery fire. Whether or not jihadist fighters renew their assault in the hours to come is yet to be seen.

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