In the late hours of August 13, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled a large-scale attack by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) on its positions in the town of Qasabiyeh in the southern Idlib countryside.
According to pro-government sources, SAA soldiers destroyed a pick-up truck armed with a 14,5 mm machine gun while repelling the attack. The army also captured a battle tank of a unspecified type and a BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).
As usual, HTS didn’t acknowledge its losses. In the last few months, the terrorist group worked really hard to hide its losses and failed operations from the public.
After repelling the attack, the SAA was able to advance east of Qasabiyeh, reaching the western entrance of the key town of Khan Shaykhun after capturing several villages.
HTS’ repeated defeats in northern Hama and southern Idlib indicate that the terrorist group is suffering from serious command and control issues. The group’s situation will likely get worse as the army develops its operations in Greater Idlib.