The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled a large-scale attack, which was launched by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), al-Qaeda groups and Turkish-backed factions on December 28 afternoon.
The attack, which targeted the towns of Jarjanaz and al-Tah in southeastern Idlib, turned into a major failure, according to pro-government sources.
The sources claimed that HTS and its allies lost dozens of militants and loads of equipment in the course of the failed attack. Two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs), which attempted to attack SAA positions in Jarjanaz and al-Tah, were also destroyed.
In an attempt to hide their failure, HTS and its allies said the attack was “a large raid,” claiming that dozens of Syrian service members were killed or injured. These claims were denied by pro-government sources which stressed that the SAA sustained no serious losses.
HTS and its allies attempted to take advantage of the poor weather conditions in Greater Idlib, which grounded both the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS).
However, the terrorist groups didn’t take into account the fire power of the SAA artillery. According to pro-government sources, the artillery force played a key role in repelling the attack.
Despite their failure, HTS and its allies may launch more attacks in the few upcoming days. The terrorist groups are in desperate need for any “victory” after losing more than 40 towns to the SAA earlier this month.
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