Militants Launch Another Attack Against Syrian Army In Attempt To Disrupt Negotiations In Rastan Pocket

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Militants Launch Another Attack Against Syrian Army In Attempt To Disrupt Negotiations In Rastan Pocket

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On April 6, fighters of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham attacked an engineer unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) while it was building fortifications around the town of Taqsis in the southern Hama countryside, the HTS-linked news agency Iba’a reported. Iba’a claimed that HTS fighters had killed 3 SAA soldiers and had destroyed a bulldozer during the attack.

Iba’a also reported that a second group of HTS fighters had conducted a hit and run attack on a newly established checkpoint of the SAA near Taqsis. HTS fighters managed to blew up the checkpoint before withdrawing from it, according to the source.

In response to these attacks, the SAA artillery shelled several positions of HTS in the villages and towns of al-Rastan, Talbiseh, Alzaafaranah, al-Ghantu, Kafr Laha, al-Amiriyah and Ayun Hussain in the northern Homs countryside. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed that the shelling had resulted in casualties.

This was the second attack of HTS against the SAA in Taqsis within the last few days. On April 4, HTS fighters killed several Syrian soldiers during an attack on their position around the town.

HTS attacks are likely aimed at sabotaging the reconciliation agreement in the town of Taqsis that was implemented on April 2. These attacks are also a clear warning to the locals in the northern Homs pocket countryside who are currently negotiating with Russia and the Damascus government.

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  • Smaug

    Quite the Machiavellian scheme, it probably won’t work.

  • Jim Prendergast

    It may be worth sending some heavy recce taking out fighters. This would make an example of the rogue terrorists.

  • Dr. Ronald Cutburth

    Unfortunate that terrorists are allowed to live to get them away from civilians. All they live for is death, and they should be granted death.

  • Taz T

    The terrorists should either surrender or be killed. There is no point sending them to other areas to carry on fighting!

    • adzsiam

      Well, if it means fighting other crazed head choppers and ignoring the SAA, then the end result is worth the diesel for the green buses.