On December 26, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed its advance in the southeastern Idlib countryside, despite bad weather conditions.
According to pro-government sources, army units imposed control of the towns of Khuwayn al-Sha’r, Judaydat Nawaf, Samkeh and Delim following heavy clashes with al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies.
A heavy rain storm is currently affecting northwest Syria, including Idlib. The storm slowed down the SAA advance and limited the operations of the Russian Aerospace Forces over the last few days.
Syrian troops are now 8 km away from the city of Ma`arat al-Nu`man, the main target of the ongoing military operation. The army is also approaching two Turkish observation posts near the towns of Tell Tuqan and Ma’arr Hitat.
The SAA will not likely advance further in southeast Idlib today. The weather in the region is expected to worsen in the upcoming few hours.