On May 10 afternoon, the al-Qaeda-affiliated wa-Harid al-Mu’minin operations room imposed full control of the town of Tanjarah in the northwestern Hama countryside.
Forces of the operations room stormed Tanjarah in the morning. Following several hours of heavy clashes, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) withdrew from most of its positions in the town and its vicinity.
In an official statement, Wa-Harid al-Mu’minin claimed that its fighters have repelled three counter-attacks on the town.
“Thanks to God Almighty, three attack attempts by the Nusayri militia [SAA] on the axis of the town of Tangra and its surroundings were repelled, praise be to God, Lord of the worlds,” the statement reads.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 21 Syrian soldiers and 13 militants have been killed in the clashes around Tanjarah.
The SAA is currently shelling Tanjarah as well as nearby towns and villages. The army and its allies will likely launch a large ground attack to recapture Tanjarah in the upcoming few hours. Both the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Air Force may support the attack.
Wa-Harid al-Mu’minin’s attack on Tanjarah is a serious violation of the March 5 Russian-Turkish agreement on Greater Idlib. The attack also demonstrates the hostile, radical nature of the militants controlling the region.