On January 14, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advanced from its positions west of Khanasir town in southwestern Aleppo towards positions of the Tiger Forces east of the Abu Duhur airbase in eastern Idlib, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria. The source said that the SAA is now deployed within only 2km of the Tiger Forces’ positions southeast of Abu al-Duhur.
Moreover, Syrian pro-government sources revealed that the SAA and the National Defense Forces (NDF) resumed their operations in the northeastern Hama countryside and captured the villages of Tafahah and Tal Mutilat. The SAA also imposed fire control over the villages of Abu Khaf, Aniq Bajrah and Sukari.
From its side, ISIS stepped up its operations against the SAA in the northeastern Hama countryside and around the Abu Duhur airbase in order to stop the SAA advance. The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported that ISIS fighters ambushed two groups of the SAA southeast of Abu Duhur, killing ten Syrian soldiers and capturing ten others. The terrorist group also captured several vehicles and weapons from the SAA ,according to Amaq.
Meanwhile, Liwa al-Quds force and the al-Nayrab Regiment deployed several units southwest of the Abu Duhur airbase in order to reinforce the SAA positions there and to repel the ongoing attack of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies according to Syrian pro-government activists.
Earlier, HTS and its allies developed their counter attack against the SAA in southern Idlib and captured several villages southwest of the Abu Duhur airbase.