On January 31, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces captured the villages of Mushayrifah, Buraghayti, Judaydah, Tuwayl al-Halib, Masadah, Jabal Tawil, al-Khifa, Qalaat Mirza, Tell Sultan, Tell Kalbah, Tawahinah and the air defense base west of the town of Abu Duhur in the southeastern Idlib countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
The SAA also resumed its operations in the southwestern Aleppo countryside and captured the villages of Atshana Sharqiya, Tell Husain and Mulahimat. The SAA attack in southwestern Aleppo is aimed at securing the road between the towns of Abu al-Duhur and al-Hader, according to Syrian pro-government sources.
From its side, the HTS-linked news agency Iba’a reported that a VBIED targeted a position of the SAA around the village of Tell Kalbah west of Abu Duhur. However, Syrian pro-government activists say that the VBIED attack failed.
Currently the SAA and its allies are deployed within only 16km east of their first target, the town of Saraqib in the southeastern Aleppo countryside. The main target of the SAA is to break the HTS siege on al-Fu’ah and Kafriya. These villages are located only 12km north of Saraqib.
Pro-government sources claim that Hezbollah and several Iranian backed militias will lunch their own attack towards al-Fu’ah and Kafriya in the upcoming days. This operation may lead to a full collapse of the HTS defense in southern and eastern Idlib.