Early on November 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed its ground operations in southeast Idlib, launching a new attack on the town of Misherfah.
Initially, army troops managed to storm the town. However, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies in the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) launched a counter-attack within a few hours.
The counter-attack forced the SAA, which sustained serious losses, to withdraw from Misherfah, according to sources affiliated with HTS and the NFL.
Iba’a, HTS’ news network, released several photos showing the terrorist group’s fighters entering the town and shelling Syrian troops with improvised rocket-assisted munition (IRAMs).
Last week, the SAA launched a ground operation in southeastern Idlib. Army units captured the town of Luwaybidah and the key Khaznah Hill, which are located a few kilometers to the east of Misherfah.
The SAA may renew its attack on Misherfah in the upcoming few hours. Capturing the town would allow the army to besiege several small villages and hills in southeast Idlib.