On December 6, Jaysh al-Izza claimed that its fighters had repelled an attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on one of its positions near the town of al-Lataminah in the northern Hama countryside.
“A counter attack was immediately launched and the position was recaptured,” Jaysh al-Izza said in a short press release.
Iba’a, the news network of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), claimed that the SAA artillery shelled several positions in the northern Hama countryside after the failure of the supposed attack.
Syrian-state media and pro-government activists have not confirmed or denied Jaysh al-Izza claims so far. If confirmed, the attack attempt was likely was a response to the militants’ repeated violations of the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement.
Jaysh al-Izzan, which had for a long time been supported by the U.S., is a close ally of HTS [the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria]. The group’s leadership is well-known for its aggressive mentality and radical views.