The Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria confirmed late on December 28 that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had repelled two ground attacks on its newly-established positions in southeast Idlib.
The attacks, which targeted the towns of Jarjanaz and al-Tuh, were carried out by a coalition of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), al-Qaeda groups and Turkish-backed factions.
“Between 1:00 and 2:30 local time on December 28, 2019, militants of the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group, supported by armed opposition members from the Syrian National Army, attempted two attacks on positions held by government troops near the town of Jarjanaz of the Idlib governorate … Each of the attacks involved up to 50 militants, supported by five or six pickup trucks with heavy weaponry mounted on them,” the Russian TASS news agency quoted Maj. Gen. Yuri Borenkov, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, as saying.
The Russian commander went on to reveal that the SAA killed at least 30 of the attackers and destroyed two pick-up trucks without sustaining any casualties.
Pro-government sources revealed that two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs) were also destroyed by the army.
These failed attacks reflect the desperation of HTS and allies. The terrorist groups lost about 40 towns in southeast Idlib to the SAA over the last two weeks.