On August 18, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) destroyed a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SBVIED) that attempted to target its newly-established positions northwest of the town of Khan Shaykhun in southern Idlib.
Pro-government sources said that the failed SVBIED attack coincided with heavy clashes. However, the militants failed to recapture any position.
Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it was successful. However, the terrorist group didn’t release any photos confirming its claims.
Earlier, the SAA captured several large farms west and northwest of Khan Shaykhun as well as a high hilltop overseeing the Damascus-Aleppo highway.
The army positions northwest of Khan Shaykhun were subjected to a SVBIED attack by HTS, a day earlier. The vehicle exploded in the heart of government-held Madayah. However, the explosion caused minor losses, as most troops were deployed around the town.