Taking advantage of bad weather conditions, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies launched on January 8 morning a large-scale attack on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions in southeastern Idlib.
Following heavy clashes with Syrian troops, the militants imposed control of the towns of Delim, Barsah and Samkeh. The SAA captured the three towns last month in the framework of a large-scale military operation.
Iba’a, HTS’ news network, released photos showing the terrorist group’s militants on their way to storm the three towns with armored vehicles.
The news network also shared photos of a T-62 battle tank, a BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), a Konkurs anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher, AGS-17 30 mm grenade launcher and an SPG-9 73 mm recoilless gun, which were supposedly captured from the SAA.
The large attack occurred while the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) were both grounded due to bad weather conditions affecting Greater Idlib.
Pro-government sources are now claiming that the army is preparing to launch a counter-attack, in order to recapture Delim, Barsah and Samkeh. However, this is yet to be confirmed. The weather in Greater Idlib is expected to improve in the next 48 hours.