The 5th Corps leadership opened its new headquarters in the northern Hama countryside. The Syrian Arab Army’s group is now working to increase the number of volunteers in its ranks in order to expand military operations across Syria.
Commanders of the 5tn Corps declared that the current objective of the Syrian Army is to liberate the entire countryside of Hama from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and the eastern Salamya countryside from ISIS.
From its side, HTS, Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Izza had sent large reinforcements to Halfaya and launched a counter-attack aiming to recapture the town of Taibat al-Imam from government forces. However, the Syrian Army repelled the attack and its artillery bombed Ahrar al-Sham and HTS in Latamina and Halfaya.
Earlier today, the Syrian Army recaptured Taibat al-Imam after a very intense aerial and artillery strikes on HTS militants in the area. Two leaders of US-backed Jaish al-Izza, “Saher al-Saleh” and “Muhammad Jallad” were killed as a result of Syrian artillery strikes.
The Syrian Army is expected to continue its offensive after it finish fortifing the newly gained positions in Taibat al-Imam. According to pro-government sources, the army will storm Halfaya and then advance on Murk and Latamina to secure the whole northern Hama countryside.