The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – in coordination with the SAA’s 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division, the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Liwaa Assoud Al-Jabal (Lions of the Mountain Brigade) – continued their offensive inside the northern countryside of the Al-Ghaab Plains, capturing more territory from the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest).

On Saturday morning, reinforcements from the Syrian Armed Forces entered the battle for the Al-Ghaab Plains from their positions at Jubb Al-Ahmar in order to launch an assault on Jaysh Al-Fateh’s two largest factions – Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda organization “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – at the imperative hilltop of Jubb Al-Za’rzur.

Following their arrival to the contested town of Al-Bahsa, the reinforcements from the Syrian Armed Forces broke-away to the northwest, where they launched a powerful assault on Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra, and Liwaa Suqour Al-Ghaab’s (Hawks of the Al-Ghaab Brigade) defensive positions at Jubb Al-Za’zur, killing an estimated 20 enemy combatants before they were able to impose full control over the hilltop.

Meanwhile, to the northeast of Al-Bahsa, the SAA’s Tiger Forces carried out another assault on Jaysh Al-Fateh’s positions at the contested town of Qarqur; however, both parties were unable to get an advantage over one another during Saturday’s firefights, despite the intensity of the clashes.

The Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) continued their relentless aerial campaign over the Al-Ghaab Plains, targeting the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh at Zayzoun, Frikka, the Thermal Plant, Tal Muntar, and Tal ‘Awar in order to deter their reinforcements from arriving to the contested fronts.

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