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HTS, Al-Qaeda & Turkish-Backed Factions Launch Large Counter-Attack In Southeast Idlib

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A coalition of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), al-Qaeda groups and Turkish-backed factions has launched a large counter-attack in the southeastern Idlib countryside.

The attack, which started in the afternoon of December 28, is targeting the towns of Jarjanaz and al-Tah. Both towns were captured by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) earlier this month.

Opposition activists are claiming that the militants have recaptured Jarjanaz. However, pro-government sources said that heavy clashes are still ongoing in the town’s outskirt.

HTS, Al-Qaeda & Turkish-Backed Factions Launch Large Counter-Attack In Southeast Idlib

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According to sources close to the SAA’s 25th Special Forces Division, previously known as the Tiger Forces, the army has destroyed two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs). The two car bombs attempted to attack positions in the vicinity of Jarjanaz and al-Tah.

HTS and allies are apparently trying to take advantage of the bad weather conditions in Greater Idlib, which grounded both the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS).

The upcoming few hours will likely be decisive for the fate of Jarjanaz and al-Tah. Pro-government sources claim that the SAA was expecting an attack on the two towns.

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