Late on January 29, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued its advance in the southeastern Idlib countryside, liberating two new towns.
According to pro-government sources, the army captured the towns of Maarrat Dibsah and Ain Halbane. Syrian and Russian warplanes provided the troops with close air support.
The SAA is now less than 7 km to the southeast of the city of Saraqib. The city, which is located on the M5 highway, is the army’s next target.
Earlier today, the army began its advance towards Saraqib, imposing control of the towns of al-Qahira, al-Jaradah and Khan Assubul.
Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies are desperately attempting to hold onto their positions in southeast Idlib. While doing so, the terrorist groups are sustaining serious losses.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), HTS and its allies have lost more than 179 fighters, so far.