On Thursday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwaa Assoud Al-Jabal (Lions of the Mountain Brigade), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and the 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Brigade – continued their offensive in the northern countryside of the Al-Ghaab Plains, capturing more points from the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh.
The Syrian Armed Forces experienced an imperative break-through on the outskirts of Qarqur, when they infiltrated past Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra’s (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) frontline defenses at the southern axis of the town, killing 17 enemy combatants and destroying three armored vehicles mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns in the process.
As a result of their successful infiltration into Qarqur, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to secure the southern sector of the town after a series of intense clashes with Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jund Al-Sham, and Jabhat Al-Nusra that eventually led to the aforementioned Islamist factions retreating to the northern farms.
According to a military source in Al-Sqaylabiyah, the Syrian Armed Forces – led by the Tiger Forces and the SSNP – have taken control of 60 percent of Qarqur; however, he did confirm that the Syrian Armed Forces are currently bombarding the town of Frikka and the strategic hilltop of Tal Muntar to the north of their present frontline positions.
In addition to their success at Qarqur, the Syrian Armed Forces also achieved relative success in the southern countryside of the Al-Ghaab Plains, advancing towards the imperative hilltop of Tal Jazram that currently sits northwest of Al-Qahira inside the Hama Governorate.