Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Seizes Back Villages It Lost In Northern Hama. Russian Air Power Purges 75 Militants In Eastern Idlib

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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Seizes Back Villages It Lost In Northern Hama. Russian Air Power Purges 75 Militants In Eastern Idlib

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On Saturday, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS; formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) took back Umm Haratayn and Qubaybat Abu al-Huda villages in the northern Hama countryside that were earlier captured earlier on Saturday by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), according to the HTS-linked news agency Iba’a.

The source added that HTS fighters killed 10 SAA soldiers and destroyed a BMP-1 of the SAA during their attack.

HTS militants are in Umm Haratayn:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Seizes Back Villages It Lost In Northern Hama. Russian Air Power Purges 75 Militants In Eastern Idlib

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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Seizes Back Villages It Lost In Northern Hama. Russian Air Power Purges 75 Militants In Eastern Idlib

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Moreover, opposition sources claimed that HTS captured Qubaybat and Tall Aswad villages south of Umm Haratayn village during its counter-attack. However, no side has confirmed these claimed so far.

Meanwhile, Syrian opposition sources confirmed that over 75 fighters of HTS and its allied US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) group – Faylaq al-Sham – were killed in a Russian airstrike that targeted an underground headquarter of Falaq al-Sham in Tell Mardikh village in the eastern Idlib countryside.

The sources reveled that many of the fighters who were killed in the Russian airstrikes were originally from Khan al-Shih and Darayya areas in Damascus governorate. The fighters had withdrawn to Idlib governorate after agreements with the Syrian government back in 2016.

HTS will likely continue to conduct limited attacks against the SAA in the northern Hama countryside for propaganda purposes. However, it’s very unlikely that HTS will be able to make any real change in the military balance in the area.

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  • Zainab Ali

    with russia air superiority, this could be fake news

    • Mountains

      Why? Idlib is not like the desert in eastern Syria. It has good terrain for fighting and cities. Plus the rebels are advanced in skills with tunnel building tactics. As long as they get ammo supplies they can go on for years without being pushed back..

      Air bombs don’t harm them as much as you may think.. just very very minor little and the pilot have to get lucky in order score

      • John Whitehot

        “Air bombs don’t harm them as much as you may think.. just very very minor little and the pilot have to get lucky in order to score”

        you gotta be kidding

        • Leon Auguste

          I think he has a point… based on the number of bombs supposedly dropped so far , there shouldn’t be a single rebel / terrorist alive. So… they must be evading somehow.. :)

          • John Whitehot

            yeah but in the real world the numbers don’t really mean much, because in the end you know neither the number of dropped bombs or dead terrorist.

            What is known though is the effect of bombings on the overall situation, and that pretty much shows the demise of jihadism in Syria.

            But of course there’s folks that has to bitch about the Syrian people winning over the scum of the earth that tried taking their land and put it in the hands of the worse criminal organization history has ever seen.

          • Attrition47

            The US state? Yes I see your point. Clearly bombing has a political and propaganda value greater than its effect on the official targets, because dropping big containers full of explosives off an aeroplane is inherently inaccurate. That’s why the US and its lickspittles peddle the myth of “surgical” “strikes” rather than “bomb attacks”. It isn’t the quantity of bombs that the GRAF have dropped, it’s their accuracy that counts. I bet that apart from a few good/lucky air raids, the greatest effect is in deterring movement in the open while Allied ground forces manoeuvre with impunity.

          • John Whitehot

            no, not the US. The article talks about Russian airstrikes, not the US so I remembered that the Russian and Syrian air campaigns have changed a situation that looked bleak for the Syrian people into one that paved the liberation of the country from terrorists and the destruction of the jihadist mercenary army that would have been unleashed on other countries if they won in Syria.

            The US and its allies never did a real campaign, at least until Russia got involved. I base this assumption on the zero effect they had on ISIS advances until 2015 and it’s pretty clear by now why – because they wanted to exploit the calyphate to their own regime change aims.

          • FlorianGeyer

            Indeed and the US would have been happy for the Black Flag to be flying over Damascus with daily beheading’s in the main square and for Israel and the US to be looting Syria in collusion with ISIS Warlords who gave their fealty to the US.

          • Ronald

            This particular strike , sounds like the Russians knew the exact location of this operations room , and therefore was very effective . My guess is these people had some connection to the attempted kidnapping of the Russian police group.
            Or , maybe the Russians have spent a little cash on intel , and decided to get serious about Al Qaeda / FSA and take out the “more valuable assets” .

          • Attrition47

            I know, I was joking….;O)

        • Mountains

          I’m dead serious most casualty are civilians and count to less then 1% on fighter casualties

          • John Whitehot

            bullshit.
            if you’re so sure provide sources.

          • Tudor Miron

            Yes, he’s sure… that he has to keep spreading BS no matter how stupid it sounds.

        • Tudor Miron

          He’s telling us about US led coalition pilots who have to get lucky to get a permission to target terrorists. But they are very good at bombing funnerals :)

    • MD Ranix

      the us led coalition is doomed to lose that is why they are trying to demoralise the russian led coalition with fake victory by their terrorists

  • eric zweistein

    All indications are that the SAA & allies, but particularly Russia,
    have decided to answer the cowardly, and miserably failed Al Qaeda
    attempt to capture/kill Russian police officers with a ferocious, local
    offensive. RuAF in the air nonstop, arrival of Tiger Forces expected soon.

    • Good analysis!

    • Jakke1899

      I think the Tiger Forces are going to clean up ISIS first, east of the Eufrates.

      • VGA

        Some units came to northern Hama.

      • dutchnational

        Yes.

        They showed the crossing to Saqr Island here on SF..

        A crickety old fishing boat capable of holding 10 fighters pulled by a rope, spanning maybe 10 to 15 meters.

        When asked about proof of bridges re crossings of the Euphrates, except for some namecalling, a video was showed that only showed two single pieces of ponton bridging, no bridge and crossing by amphicic vehicles.

        So, at least for the moment, SAA has NO functioning bridges. Only a crickety old fishing boat and some amphibic vehicles.

      • Justin

        Don’t listen to DutchNational, he is a paid troll!
        He literally only supports the SDF, HTS and ISIS!
        He never receives up votes!
        He has been compromised many times!
        He uses disinformation!
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75117ff5650607b1d92534d5d1d707a37aedb0c5f4a04b00a8308c292b05fa11.png

  • Lumen

    what a miserable way to waste his live fighting for that unworthy piece of sh.t assad. how many russians lost their lives to protect that miserable cunt?

    • cap

      Perhaps you would like to go there and fight against him yourself. We can make sure your death will slow and painful. We will make sure your lumen gets dimmer and dimmer in the most horrendous ways as your Al-Queda/ISIS tendencies deserve.

    • dutchnational

      Every one is one too many.

    • Orcbuu

      Go on mate, Go and fight this Assad guy in syria, Isis and Al-Qaida would be very Glad you are one of them. Now go on and make your Dreams come true. You even get some Cunt foryourself in the afterlife, dosent this sound convincing enough for your Big words you say. Oh one more thing there are more french likeminded “brothers” already there, your government will not even stop you from going there, so have fun making your statements into reality.

  • dutchnational

    While i do not doubt Russians actions and propaganda at all, or to be true, just a little bit or even much, I do doubt their socalled kills. I think the truth lies more with destracting a zero.