The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” Brigade – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and 11th Tank Division – has resumed their offensive in the Idlib Governorate, attacking the conglomerate of Islamist militias that form “Jaysh Al-Fatah” at a number of sites, south of the provincial capital on Saturday.
The first attack began at Qameenas, when the Tiger Forces and their allies launched an assault on the southwestern axis of the village, resulting in their re-entrance into this area south of the provincial capital; this comes three after the Tiger Forces took a brief absence from the village.
Southwest of Idlib City, the NDF and the 11th Tank Division launched their own assault on Jaysh Al-Fatah’s positions at the southern axis of Fayloun, taking partial control of the village amid fierce resistance from the militant forces entrenched inside.
Social media activists loyal to the Syrian Opposition have allegedly claimed that over 200 fighters from Jaysh Al-Fatah were killed during their offensive at the village of Al-Mastouma and Ariha; however, these casualty numbers are unconfirmed and cannot be validated by Al-Masdar News.
The Syrian Arab Air Force carried out a multitude of airstrikes in the Idlib Governorate on Saturday, targeting the Islamist forces in the cities of Saraqib, Binnish, Kafr Nabl, Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, Idlib City, and Khan Sheikhoun.
Rumors surfaced on Saturday about the alleged withdrawal of the Tiger Forces and their commander Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan; however, these claims were fabricated, as a source from the Tiger Forces confirmed their presence in Idlib – he did add that the Col. Suehil Al-Hassan is still in east Homs with another contingent of the Tiger Forces.