On January 12, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, resumed their operations around the strategic Abu Duhur airbase in the eastern Idlib countryside and captured the villages of al-Hamidiyat, Hamidiyat al-Shadad and Aljakia east of the airbase, according to the pro-government blog al-Masdar News.
Earlier, the SAA and its allies were able to fully repel an attack by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on their positions in southeastern Idlib. Pro-government sources confirmed that the SAA recaptured the villages of Mushayrifah, Umm Khalakhil and Ard al-Zurzur from the militant groups on January 12.
Meanwhile, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria reported that the SAA continued its advance in the Mount Hass area in southwestern Aleppo and captured the villages of Umm Ankash, Jubb Intash Fawqani, Burj Hussain Daher, Tell Sum’a, Jubb Intash Tahtani, al-Suhur, al-Hardanah, Rasm al-Amaysh, al-Salihiyah, Hawayir al-Hass, al-Assadiyah, al-Nibaui and Jubb al-A’ma.
From its side, HTS and its allies once again started withdrawing from their positions east, northeast, and north of the Abu Duhur airbase. However, observers believe that the militant groups may launch another counter-attack soon.