On January 13, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, captured the strategic Tell al-town of Daman and the nearby hill northeast of the Abu Duhur airbase in eastern Idlib, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
The media outlet added that the SAA also captured the villages of Tell Ahmar, Tell al-Sheh, Qala’t al-Sheikh, Mazra’a, Umm Amod, Hanytiyah, Maktaba, Tell Huysid, Abed, Shuyhat al-Lahab, al-Safa, Tlail al-Safa, Binan, Umm Jirn, al-Zira’a, Burj al-Ruman, Hafrat al-Hass and Abu Ghata, Jub Jassem in southwestern Aleppo.
The Hezbollah media wing also confirmed that the SAA and its allies repelled Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) attack on their positions southwest of the Abu Duhur airbase and secured the villages of Rabay’ah and al-Khuraybah there. Syrian soldiers destroyed two VBIEDs of HTS while repelling the attack, according to the source.
Moreover, pro-government sources confirmed that Russian warplane destroyed three heavy VBIEDs and a convoy of HTS in Khan al-Subul village in southern Idlib. Syrian opposition activists said that the VBIEDs explosions killed several civilians in Khan al-Subul.
Meanwhile, HTS and its allies launched the third counter-attack against the SAA and its allies southwest of the Abu Duhur airbase. The HTS-linked news agency Iba’a claimed on January 13 that HTS fighters captured the villages of Talab, al-Dabshiyah, Musharifah and Tell al-Khazanah.
Several Syrian pro-government activists doubted Iba’a claims because the HTS-linked news agency published several fake news in the last few days in order to raise the low morals of the Syrian opposition supporters.