On Thursday, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) recaptured al-Sukkari, Abu Kahf, Abul Gor and Hasnaoui villages in the northeastern Hama countryside from ISIS, according to the HTS-linked news agency Iba’a. HTS unts allegedly killed several ISIS fighters and captured two tanks during their counter-attack.
Iba’a also reported that HTS fighters destroyed a truck of ISIS that was carrying 8 ISIS fighters with an ATGM around al-Shakusiyah town.
Meanwhile in southern Syria, several Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups launched a new attack against the ISIS-affiliated Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed in the western Daraa countryside, according to Syrian opposition sources. However, no clashes have been reported from there so far.
Meanwhile, a report of the Syrian opposition news website Enab Baladi revealed that HTS refused to participate in the attack against Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed.
According to the report, HTS officials told FSA groups that they are preparing for a more important battle. HTS is likely planning to launch yet another attack against the Syrian Arab Army in Daraa city or even in Quneitra governorate.
The HTS decision proves that the group is not interested in fighting ISIS for real .The ongoing counter-attack of HTS in the northern Hama countryside is just a defensive operation that HTS was forced to launch after ISIS fighters killed and captured many of its fighters during their attack.
HTS members engage ISIS in northern Hama: