On December 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) captured the villages of Musheirifat Abu Dali and Tall al-Maqta in the southern Idlib countryside according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
The SAA is now deployed only within 2km south of the strategic village of Abu Dali, that was captured by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies on October 8. The strategic village is considered a key position to many strongholds of HTS in the region between the southern Idlib countryside and the southwestern Aleppo countryside. The town of Abu Duhur, the target of the current SAA military operation in the area, is one of them.
The HTS-linked news agency Iba’a reported that HTS fighters repelled an attack by the SAA and the NDF on their positions in the villages of Ramla and Sayyalah southwest of Khanasir town in the southwestern Aleppo countryside.
HTS fighters captured seven soldiers, and an officer of the SAA during the clashes in Ramla and Sayyalah, according to Iba’a.
Several Syrian pro-government news outlets and activists reported that the Tigers Forces are only few hours away from launching their long awaited wide-scale military operation against HTS. However, these claims have not been confirmed, and it’s still unknown if the Tiger Forces are set to attack in the northern Hama countryside or in the southwestern Aleppo countryside.