Government Forces Developing Momentum In Northern Hama

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Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF), led by the SAA’s Tiger Forces, recaptured the strategic town of Souran and the Bizam Hill in the northern Hama countryside.

On Monday, clashes continued in the vicinity of Taibat al-Imam and government forces advanced on Tell Massin. Controlling Tell Massin, the SAA and its allies will be able to secure a part of the M5 highway north of Taibat al-Imam and to pose a threat to the HTS stronghold from this direction.

If the Syrian military command decides to continue operations in the area, it will have two options:

  1. The first option is to storm Taibat al-Imam from the directions of Souran and Maardas. In this case, the SAA and its allies will be engaged in heavy clashes in the heavily fortified urban area of the city. This will likely lead to a notable casualties and will not lead to a success if government forces are not able to create a dramatic advantage in manpower, tanks, armoured vehicles and artillery pieces in this part of the frontline.
  2. Another option is to develop the advance in the western direction in an attempt to seize Buwaydah, Markabah and Lahaya. If government forces are able to do this and to entrench in the area, HTS militants and its allies remaining in Taibat al-Imam, Masasnah, Kfair al-Taiba, Zor al-Heisa and Halfaya will face significant problems in defending their rear and repelling front attacks of government forces.

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  • gold37

    The Tigers do what Tigers do!

  • Barba_Papa

    Pinch that bulge off. It’s the only way to be sure. Otherwise they’ll be at it again in a few months time.

    • Bill Wilson

      I’m sure that’s what the SAA has planned to do and the extremists know it. If the crazies have a lick of sense then they should of started withdrawing units to the north during the night.

  • Attrition47

    All together now, “You’ve been mauled by a tiger, you’ve been mauled by a tiger….”

  • IFFighter

    The second option looks much better. But in this case SAA has to be ready to repel flank attaks.

    • John Brown

      The terrorists have already exhausted their man power in
      this offensive. There will be no significant flank attacks and the SAA has air
      cover. Now is the time for all out attack to surround Taibat al-Imam and then
      push into Idlib stopping at the best defendable positions and then to concentrate
      in the south and east of Syria. Once the Idlib terrorists mount another stupid
      offensive, the SAA will destroy it and then the SAA can strike deep into Idlib
      when the terrorist manpower and resources are again exhausted. If the Israeli terrorist commanders had any brains
      they would have their terrorist flunkies head choppers fortify their positions are
      prepare for the inevitable Syrian army attack making it much more costly (like
      it was for Allepo) the SAA to take Idlib.

  • Bill Wilson

    The extremist commanders should be in the process of withdrawing to the north since is quite obvious that the southern end can be quickly isolated.

  • Fritz Otto

    YES! this would be the most effective, to cut all logistics from the deep for these terrorists! – This would even be effective for ALL cities still occupied in this bow. In the same time there should advance some others from the west. So terrorists would know when its time to leave or to die… And since terrorists seems not to be convinced of her mercenary thinking there seems the only possibility to kill them – otherwise that would never END!

  • DJ Double D

    Oh My!, Is this map from 1996?

  • Xanatos

    Capturing morek was important for liberating souran. But even with souran already liberated, morek is still valuable target for besieging khan sheikun. The siege of khan sheikun will threaten the whole pocket with collapse. The militants will have to pull men back to defend khan sheikun at all costs.