Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham Consolidates Control In Western Aleppo, Captures Key Town From SLF (Photos)

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Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham Consolidates Control In Western Aleppo, Captures Key Town From SLF (Photos)

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On March 4, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) fighters recaptured the key town of Tuqad in the western Aleppo countryside from the Syrian Liberation Front (SLF), according to the pro-opposition STEP News Agency. The SLF imposed its control over Tuqad on February 27 after HTS fighters had withdrawn from it without a fight.

Syrian opposition sources reported that more than ten fighters of HTS and the SLF had been killed in clashes inside and around Tuqad.

Meanwhile, the SLF-linked news agency Madad Press announced that SLF fighters had destroyed six tanks of HTS with rocket-propelled grenades and ATGMs in the town of Tuqad and the villages of al-Sa’adiyah and A’jil around it over the last 48 hours.

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham Consolidates Control In Western Aleppo, Captures Key Town From SLF (Photos)

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Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham Consolidates Control In Western Aleppo, Captures Key Town From SLF (Photos)

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The STEP News Agency reported that HTS fighters are currently attacking the position of the SLF around the village of al-Sa’adiyah. HTS will likely impose its control over the village in the upcoming hours.

Local observers believe that the next main target of HTS will by the strategic city of Darat Izza, located within 8km north of Tuqad. SLF fighters are currently building fortifications inside the city, according to opposition sources.

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  • Wegan

    What’s amazing is the speed these terrorist have in acquiring new territory. Their boldness is their strength. If I compare to the SAA speed they are like 50 times faster.

    • PZIVJ

      The battle has been going back and forth, which is good.
      Seems that neither SLF or HTS have the manpower to hold what they take.

    • Barba_Papa

      Probably because the average Jihadi is better motivated then the average SAA soldier. When you fight for something that you believe in, rather then being a conscript, you tend to be willing to take more risks, show more initiative.

      Proper motivation has always been a problem in Arab armies.

      • velociraptor

        You say, the SAA soldier is not motivated by future with Assad??

        • Bill Wilson

          Syria has no future as long as Assad remains in power.

          • HighLord Gaz

            Thanks for your input, terrist Murikan idiot…

        • Barba_Papa

          I don’t think that the average Syrian is as well motivated with Assad in charge yes. They probably like the Jihadi alternative way way way less, especially after 7 years of civil war what they used to have no longer seems as bad. But that doesn’t mean they will go out of their way for Assad. And that’s excluding the clannish sectarian nature of Arab society in general, where loyalty to the family and tribal elders, and religion, trump loyalty to the state. Things that the average Jihadi no longer has issues with, as they often have cut off all the ties that bind them.

          • velociraptor

            i see this similar

      • XJ5

        “With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil — that takes religion.”

        • Barba_Papa

          Only if you define religion as any belief system. As I see little difference between religious crazies and political crazies. Is there much difference between being dragged to your death by ISIS, the Inquisition, Nazis, the NKVD or the Khmer Rouge? I think not.

  • antoun

    live pop corn!!!uhuh!

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  • Hanny Benny

    jihaShits kills jihaShits in calipHell :) :) :)

  • Siegfried

    And WTF is the Russian Air-Force doing ? Sits & looks how the scvmbags take Aleppo again?

    • PZIVJ

      This is a conflict between Jihadist groups in W Aleppo province.
      Let the rats kill each other. GOOD NEWS

  • George Fotiadis

    Α question that I haven for a long time is how is it possible that for the Fua-Kafryia pocket in the very heart to id ib is still under government control, can please someone answer that, because for me so close to the jihadist for so long that is not understandable.

    • VGA

      There must have been some deals behind the scenes, like exchanging prisoners etc.

  • Skagos

    Fake news. Every single news i read from multiple sources say HTS is losing the battle. Even pro-HTS syrialiveumap is saying JTS is the one winning. I think southfront wants us to think HTS is winning so SAA can justify its future attack on Idlib.

    • HighLord Gaz

      “justify its future attack on Idlib”???? The fact that Idlib is held by foreign-backed Wahabbi goat fucker terrorists is all the “justification” that the legitimate sovereign government of Syria needs to take back control and liberate its own countryside.

      • Skagos

        Exactly. For that matter, SAA doesn’t need SouthFront’s fake news propaganda to justify its operations against jihadists Idlib. I visit SF for one reason; its objective story telling. But, in the last 1 year this objectivity is almost gone.

  • HighLord Gaz

    There is little in this world that brings a smile to my face like the sights of Wahabbi jihadist filth killing each other… such joy!