On January 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces captured the strategic town of Sinjar in southeastern Idlib, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria. The sources added that the SAA also captured the villages of Mutawaseta, Khyara, Kafraya Elmaarra, Sarra, Saree and Nibaz Qibali around Sinjar.
Sinjar town is located only 15km south of the Abu Duhur airbase in the southwestern Aleppo countryside, which is the main target of the current SAA military operation.
The Hezbollah media wing also announced that the civilians kicked out Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) from Ramalah, Abu Alij, Jeb Elqasab, Maksar Tahtani and Maksar Fuqani villages southeast of Sinjar town and handed the villages over to the Tiger Forces.
From its side, HTS released a long statement justifying its defeat in southeastern Idlib, accusing its allies of betraying it and threatening them. Moreover, HTS leadership, headed by the the group leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani, held a meeting to discuss the group failure in southern Idlib.
The SAA will likely continue its rapid advance towards Abu Duhur airbase in the upcoming days, as HTS is incapable of reorganizing its units or defense lines in southern Idlib.