DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:25 P.M.) – Hours ago, rebel forces retook the town of Maardes in a localised northern Hama counter-offensive launched exclusively by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), considered a tacit Al-Qaeda franchise group.
Newly released HTS footage reveals that the jihadist faction began its Maardes assault with preemptive shelling before unleashing armored vehicles and technicals on the town which rather astonishly has changed hands six times since September, 2016.
Notably, rebel forces also deployed their only T-90 tank, proving it to be alive and kicking:
The Russian-manufactured T-90 tank in mention was famously captured by the US-backed Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki group in Aleppo on July 10 last year before being handed over to the Al-Qaeda affiliated Syrian faction little more than a week later.
Despite losing control of Maardes, the SAA’s Tiger Forces are now regrouping on the perimeter of the northern Hama town in a bid to retake it in the coming hours.