Early on December 1, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a counter-attack in southeast Idlib to recapture the towns it lost in the terrorists’ recent attack on the region.
Under the cover of intense Syrian and Russian airstrikes, the army recaptured the town of Ejaz and several positions in its outskirt from al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies.
A coalition of HTS, Turkish-backed groups and al-Qaeda-affiliated faction captured Ejaz and the nearby towns of Sarjah, Rasm al-Ward and Istablat a day earlier.
The fate of Sarjah, Rasm al-Ward and Istablat is still unclear. Some pro-government sources claim that the three towns were also recaptured. However, this is yet to be confirmed.
HTS and its allies suffered from heavy losses during their attack in southeast Idlib. The terrorist groups reportedly lost some heavy weapons as well as many their members.
The SAA will likely continue its counter-attack in southeast Idlib until all of its positions there are secured again. Later, the army may kick off a new large-scale military operation to push HTS and its allies away from the region.