On January 13, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, captured the entire region of Mount al-Hass that includes dozens of villages in southwestern Aleppo, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria. The source added that the SAA also secured the Tell Daman-Khanasir-Jabal al-Arbain road.
Now, less than 6km separates SAA troops deployed in southwestern Aleppo from positions of the Tiger Forces east of Abu Duhur airbase in eastern Idlib.
Syrian pro-government sources reported that the SAA and its allies killed several fighters of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) during their advance, including “Abu Qaswara Malahem” the commander of “Jund al-Malahem”, an elite force of HTS.
From its side, the HTS-linked news agency Iba’a claims that HTS and its allies expanded their operations in the southeastern Idlib countryside and recaptured the villages of Khuwayn, Tell Maraq and Rubay’ah from the SAA.
However, Syrian pro-government activists denied Iba’a’s claims and claimed that the SAA didn’t lose any position in the northern Hama countryside or the southeastern Idlib countryside.
So far, the SAA backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces had repelled three counter attacks of HTS and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in southern Idlib. However, the radical groups appear to be desperate to achieve any victory what so ever to calm down the anger among their supporters.