Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) repelled early on December 12 a new counter-attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the southeastern Idlib countryside.
Units of the SAA attempted to storm al-Katibat al-Mahjura, which was captured by HTS around 24 hours ago. However, the terrorist group’s fighters held their ground and pushed Syrian troops back.
Iba’a, HTS’ news network, released photos showing SAA troops withdrawing from the outskirt of al-Katibat al-Mahjura, after failing to storm it.
A day earlier, HTS foiled a similar counter-attack by the SAA. The terrorist group claimed that up to 25 Syrian service members were killed or injured around al-Katibat al-Mahjura.
Al-Katibat al-Mahjura [the abandoned base in Arabic] is a former Syrian air defense base, which overlooks HTS-held Umm al-Tinah.
By limiting its operations around Idlib, the SAA allowed HTS and its allies to fortify their positions and reorganize their troops. This situation will not likely change, unless the army launches a large-scale operation in the region.