BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The month of July has been filled with a great deal of violence but no significant advances by any party inside Syria.
At the start of July, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels traded offensives in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate; however, neither side was able to achieve any breakthroughs.
Following these small offensives by both parties, the jihadist rebels launched a surprise operation in the Turkmen Mountains of northern Latakia.
This jihadist operation began with relative success, as the militants were able to capture a hilltop and several points in the Turkmen Mountains near the Turkish border.
However, the jihadist advance in northern Latakia would be short-lived, thanks in large part to the arrival of Syrian Arab Army reinforcements.
The Syrian Army managed to drive back the jihadists and reestablish security in the Turkmen Mountains.
One day after this attack, the jihadist rebels, led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, stormed the town of Al-Hamamiyat in northwestern Hama.
Once again, the jihadist rebels were able to score early gains, but they were later expelled from Al-Hamamiyat after controlling the town for less than 24 hours.
As a result of this attack on Al-Hamamiyat, the jihadist rebels lost somewhere between 80-100 fighters.
The rest of the fronts across Syria have experienced very little movement this month.