A few hours after launching an advance in southeastern Idlib, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and is allies captured several towns in the region from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
The terrorist group announced that its militants had imposed control of the towns of Sarjah, Ejaz, Rasm al-Ward and Istablat.
The attack was launched by the HTS-led “al-Fatah al-Mubin” operations room in the noon of November 30. The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) and several factions linked to al-Qaeda are playing a key role in the offensive.
HTS and the NFL released several images showing their militants’ storming SAA positions in the southeastern Idlib countryside side by side. The militants’ used armored vehicles and rocket launchers in the attack.
The operation has no clear objective. HTS and its allies are likely planning to use the operation as a propaganda stunt to rise their declining popularity in Greater Idlib.
The Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces responded to the attack with a round of intense airstrikes.