On January 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, captured the villages of al-Nasiriyah, Jabal al-Kafi, Lubaida, Hawa, Sheikh Barakeh, Umm Mweilat, Tell Amara and Rasm Saaed area in southeastern Idlib, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
On the same day, pro-government activists said that the SAA entered the strategic town of Sinjar. Moreover, some activists reported that the SAA captured Sinjar. Agents of the Syrian intelligence even released photos from inside the strategic town.
On January 7, government troops established a full control over Sinjar and the nearby villages of Kafrayya and Mutawassitah.
Over the last few days, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies have not conducted any notable defensive operations against the SAA in southern Idlib. Furthermore, according to pro-opposition sources, many HTS members have fled the battlefield.
Syrian oppositions activists also reported that HTS arrested Shikh Sadam Khalefah, a commander of HTS’ Tribal Army in the southwestern Aleppo countryside, after he run away with his units from the battlefield on January 5.
A support from locals played an important role in the SAA success in southern Idlib. If HTS fails to re-group and re-establish defense lines in southern Idlib soon, its defense in the area may fully collapse.