DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:20 P.M.) – Barely one day after overrunning Abu Dali, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a propaganda video showing its fighters storming the village and engaging besieged units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defence Forces (NDF) in the southeastern countryside of Idlib.

Throwing around one hundred seasoned jihadists into the battle, HTS swarmed Abu Dali with tanks and infantry fighting vehicles alike, thereby inflicting a devastating blow upon the SAA/NDF garrison that was tasked with defending the village:

In the aftermath, HTS seized over 20 pickup trucks, a T-55 tank and a BMP-1 from government forces while large quantities of ammunition was found stored in rearguard buildings.

Regrettably, hundreds of civilians and SAA troops are now in HTS custody while leaked footage from the village suggests that HTS intends to slaughter them in a mass execution.

Apart from serving as a trading village between the warring parties, Abu Dali also represented the forward point of a SAA bulge into Idlib province, considered jihadist heartland.

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Floriangeyer
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Surely vehicled that are to be abandoned should be put out of action by the SAA?

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”Apart from serving as a trading village between the warring parties, Abu Dali also represented the forward point of a SAA bulge into Idlib province, considered jihadist heartland.”
Being such a strategic point who is the fool who decided to leave without enough defense and surveillance to such a place?
It would be better to never have conquered it to save the shame, and the blow to the morale of the troops so severe resulting from its loss.

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Mustafa Cezar

Total disaster for SAA! I see lack of training in these soldiers, same with the previous ISIS video that all the SAA soldiers were running away during the ISIS assault. Running is not a solution, they can’t run away from terrorist in pick-ups, and once they are caught the terrorists will show no mercy!