Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, Its Allies Launch Offensive Against Govt Forces From Rastan pocket

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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabbhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) have launched an offensive against government forces from the Rastan pocket located  north of the government-held city of Homs.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies advanced on army postions in the direction of Salamiyah amid an intense artillery shelling. However, according to local sources militants didn’t achieve any notable gains in the area. In turn, they’ve faced a strong resistance from the local self-defense forces and were pushed to retreat.

The advance on Salamiyah was a clear attempt to assist ISIS terrorists encircled in the Uqayribat Pocket located east of the government-held city. HTS and its allies are not interested in a total defeat of ISIS in the provinces of Homs and Deir Ezzor because this will open additional opportunities for government forces that seek to restore the order across Syria.

Meanwhile, HTS artillery units shelled the government-held Assad Military Academy area in western Aleppo:

Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, Its Allies Launch Offensive Against Govt Forces From Rastan pocket

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Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, Its Allies Launch Offensive Against Govt Forces From Rastan pocket

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  • Barba_Papa

    I smell desperation on the part of these Al Qaida rats.It’s a good smell.

    • dutchnational

      Perhaps you are correct. Perhaps not.

      Let’s wait and see what will happen. Early reports here are quite often premature or even downright incorrect.

      If HTS were able to connect with IS, it is likely that the IS forces there will merge with HTS. In case of a (near) defeat of IS, I would not be surprised if the remaining IS forces within Syria will be taken over by HTS.

      • Barba_Papa

        If what I’ve read is right most of ISIS basically started out as part of Al Qaida, until they defected when Al Baghdadi came to Syria. So that would make it a homecoming?

        • Justin

          100 % correct!
          Remember what the residence of Aleppo said to that female democrat who went to Syria! They said “There is no rebel forces, only Al-Nusra, who are these rebels”?
          And you can be sure there is no difference between Al-Nusra and ISIS!
          Therefore from rebels to ISIS there is no difference!
          Only the SDF pose as a “good guy” force so that the US Special Forces and US airforce can have an airbase!
          Its all an illusion!
          And when Al-Nusra and ISIS are gone, be ready for the SDF vs SAA war!
          Just a watered down version of what this war already is…. A Proxy War!

      • Justin

        Taken over by HTS and assisted by US warplanes when HTS makes another “rebel name” and white with pink dotted flag for itself!

  • Valery Grigoryev

    That intention to help ISIS is the best answer to the question “who is who”.

    • AJ

      No need to know who is who. Its SAA and Allies vs Rats. You can call a Rat a cow, squirrel, a shoe, a blowdryer or whatever you want, however, it’s still a Rat. And Rats are only good when they lay 3 meters below ground in a wooden box

      • Gary Sellars

        ..or ground into a paste beneath the tracks of a SAA T-72….

      • Sham Crown

        Rats not killing civilians it butchers of Russians & SAA are worst than rats

        • Orcbuu

          Yeah sure, and ISIS is the Chousen Warriors of GOD, go on tell me more about this Fantasy Fairy Land you have Indoctrinated yourself into?! GO on.

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          Real rats like rodents don’t but ISIS,HTS,FSA,DAESH,YPG,Al Qaeda Rats do kill civilians and don’t care since they are only mercenaries. They don’t care for ideology but how much money they are making Wahhabi and Salafi only plays a small part as all religions do in any type violence or terrorism.

    • Sham Crown

      Butchers of civilians are Putin, Assad & Trump..sheltering 3 millions civilians are Erdogan..and who are you troll from gulag

      • Attrition47

        Twat

      • Turbofan

        why the sudden rat infestation here?

        • roger temple

          Got any rat poison for Sham what-not?

      • Valery Grigoryev

        I am not a troll, and where do you find GuLag?
        My position is clear: the militant islamism is a plague of XXI century, and therefore must be scratched from the face of the Earth.

      • VGA

        Oh yeah, Erdogan is the good guy … he is the one that has prolonged this war you idiot!

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        Erdogan is Salafist and is not much different in ideology than terrorists are and also kills those same refugees,those are the same 3 million he released on EU. Turkey even lies about the numbers of refugees so they can get paid for the extra bodies which is funded by the EU, and the West. Ngo groups like Norwacs was infamously tied to Al Qaeda groups along with MedIcin Sans Frontiers these groups like that are embedded with these terrorist groups only and in Aleppo failed to provide any help to other regions in Govt control. The butchers are the GCC ,Israel,Obama, Turkey, France,Germany, UK, US, etc, do something right and hide your troll head in shame.

      • roger temple

        Relax and have a nice wank.

  • Gary Sellars

    Pucker up, filthy rats. Your extermination is nigh…

  • Dim

    Thus they give a future indulgence to Red Army for upcoming collapsing of the Homs-Hama green pocket :)