BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – Several Turkish-backed rebels that were previously active in northern Aleppo have since been redeployed to the Idlib-Hama axis after their comrades from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham suffered heavy losses during their failed bid to recapture all the territory they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
Speaking to Al-Masdar from northwestern Hama, a Syrian officer said that his group has faced militants from several groups over the last 48 hours. The officer said Syrian military intelligence reports indicated that many fighters from the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) were recently redeployed to northwestern Hama after the heayy losses sustained by their allied forces.
The jihadist group, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, has suffered the brunt of these losses as their forces have led each battle to reclaim the territory they lost to the Syrian Arab Army since early May.
The Syrian Army has also suffered heavy losses in their ranks, but with the recent arrival of reinforcements and military equipment from their Russian allies, their morale remains high amid a new push into the southwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.
On Monday, the Syrian Arab Army resumed their offensive in northwestern Syria, seizing the small town of Al-Qasabiyah after a short battle with the jihadist rebels. As a result of this advance, the Syrian Army has secured the northern flank of Kafr Naboudeh.