On January 4, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, captured the villages of Rsm al-Abid, al-Fhail, Rubaida, Msheirfeh, al-Qasr al-Abyad, Rabeeah Musa, Haqiyah and Umm Rjaim Hill in the southeastern Idlib countryside according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
The SAA is now only 6km south of the town of Sinjar in southeastern Idlib, and 22km south of the strategic Abu Duhur airbase in southwestern Aleppo.
From its side, the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) group, the Sham Legion, announced that its fighters damaged a tank of the SAA around the town of Atshan in northern Hama with a TOW anti-tank guided missile. The Sham Legion also announced that two of its fighters were killed by the SAA.
Other FSA groups, and HTS didn’t report any operations against the SAA in northern Hama or southern Idlib. This confirms that the defense lines of these groups have fully collapsed.
The SAA and the Tiger Forces will likely reach the town of Sinjar sooon. Later, the SAA might launch another attack towards Abu Duhur from its positions west of Khanasir town in the southern Aleppo countryside.