BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The last 24 hours have witnessed the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitary groups drive Islamic State militants from three towns in the semi-desert countryside of northeast Hama province.
On Sunday, Syrian troops kicked-off their anti-ISIS operation across northeast Hama in earnest, seizing the towns of Aniq Bajrah and Tutah right off the bat after a swift armored assault that was preceded by artillery shelling of jihadist positions.
On Monday morning, Islamic State militant were pushed to withdraw from Abu Hariq following another armored assault (again backed up by heavy artillery bombardment) by the Syrian Army proved too much to handle.
Despite the modest success so far achieved by pro-government forces in northeast Hama (many of them being veteran units from the Republican Guard and Qalamoun Shield Forces), they have a daunting operation ahead of them as ISIS controls around one hundred towns and villages throughout northwest Syria.
The Syrian Ministry of Defense has released video footage showing the operation by pro-government forces which led to the capture of Abu Hariq, Aniq Bajrah and Tutah