On February 8, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces captured 32 villages in the northeastern Hama countryside pocket from ISIS according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
The SAA reportedly secured the following village:
Hawais al-Shamali, Ib al-Khaznah, Hawais Ibn Hadib, Tell Hawais Ibn Hadib, Jabal al-Hawais, al-Dabah, Tell Abuiyah, Rasm al-hamam, Abu Khanadiq al-Shamaliah, Rasm al-Ahmar, Jabal Mduar, Anbaz, Muyliah Ibn Hadib, Muyliah al-Swarnah, Tell Muyliah al-Swarnah, Tell Ziba’ak, Qasr Ibn Wardan, Tolol al-Humr, Rasm al-Aniz, Trut al-Shamliyah, Trut al-Janubiyah, al-Shumtaniyah, Sheha al-Hamrah, Rasm Madhy, Musytbah, Jib al-Hib, Rjm Jara, Mukhalif Shamali, Ayn al-Zarqa, Abu Mayal and al-Mintar.
The SAA secured over 80% of ISIS pocket in the northeastern Hama countryside accurding to Syrian pro-government sources. Moreover, Hezbollah media wing confirmed that the SAA fully cleared the southeastern Idlib countryside and southwestern Aleppo countryside from ISIS fighters.
From tis side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported that ISIS fighters destroyed a tank and a BMP-1 vehicle of the SAA with ATGMs northwest of al-Sa’an town in the northeastern Hama countryside.
Observers believe that the remaining ISIS fighters in the northeastern Hama countryside will likely collapse in the upcoming hours, even if they tried to step up their defensive operations against the SAA.