More than 15 soldiers and officers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were killed in a terrorist attack on their position west of the city of Aleppo, a military source told SouthFront.
According to the source, many other Syrian service members went missing after the attack, that occurred in the early hours of April 20. The terrorists used blankets made from special materials to hide from the SAA’s thermal surveillance systems while they were approaching their target.
Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) claimed responsibility for the attack immediately. Abu Khalid al-Sham, a spokesman for the group’s military wing, told an affiliated news network that only four fighters of HTS’ special forces were killed in the attack.
“Today’s morning, several groups of the Mujahedeen sneaked towards positions of the regime’s militias in the area of Suq al-Jabas in the eastern Aleppo countryside … The Mujahedeen took the personnel of the Nusayriyyah army [HTS’s term for the SAA] by surprise and clashed with them killing and inuring most of them,” al-Shami said.
The attack coincided with another in the northern Lattakia countryside. Pro-government sources acknowledged that at least 5 Syrian soldiers were killed there.
The SAA usually responds to such attacks within a few hours. However, limited military responses failed to deter Idlib terrorists in the past.