On December 26, Russian journalist Oleg Blokhin released photos revealing the heavy losses al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies sustained in the town of Jarjanaz in the southeastern Idlib countryside.
The photos show at least six vehicles, which were apparently destroyed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Aerospace Forces.
The SAA captured Jarjanaz on December 23 following heavy clashes with HTS and its allies. The army’s 25th Special Forces Division, previously known as the Tiger Forces, spearheaded the attack on the key town.
On December 24, HTS and its allies launched a counter-attack to recapture Jarjanaz. However, the army repelled the attack within a few hours, neutralizing most of the attackers and their equipment.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), HTS and its allies have lost more than 160 militants since the beginning of the SAA’s large-scale military operation in southeast Idlib earlier this month.