Government forces have been developing a counter-offensive against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical militant groups in southeastern Idlib since December 1.
On November 30, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation and several foreign Jihadi groups, including the Turkistan Islamic Party and Ajnad al-Kavkaz launched a major attack on positions of the Syrian Army in southeastern Idlib. Militants attacked and captured the villages of Sarjah, Ejaz, Rasm al-Ward and Istablat.
On December 1, the Syrian Army launched a counter-attack recapturing Ejaz. Government troops also re-entered Sarjah and several areas around it. On December 2, clashes in the area continued with government troops aiming to retake all the positions that they had lost.