A gathering of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the newly-liberated town of Khan Assubul in southeast Idlib was targeted on January 29 by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED).
Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) claimed responsibility for the SVBIED attack right away, identifying the suicide attacker as “Abu Osama al-Ansari.”
The terrorist group’s news network, Iba’a, released an aerial image of the targeted gathering. A battle tank, an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and three vehicles of the SAA can be seen in the image.
Iba’a also shared drone footage of the attack. The video shows the SVBIED’s explosion. Nevertheless, it doesn’t prove that the vehicle had reached the gathering.
Pro-government sources claimed that the SVBIED was destroyed before reaching the gathering. These claims were not verified by any independent source.
Recently, HTS terrorists started conducting suicide attacks along the front line in southeast Idlib and southwest Aleppo. This move is designed to slow down the SAA’s advance. This tactic has not been efective so far.
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