The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled a large-scale attack by terrorists groups on its positions in the southeastern Idlib countryside in the early hours of May 9.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), terrorist groups attempted to infiltrate the SAA’s positions east of the strategic Abu Duhur airbase. However, the they were detected by the army, that killed and injured scores of them.
The SAA liberated the Abu Duhur airbase and dozens of towns and villages around it in a large-scale military operation that began in October of 2017 and ended in February of the next year. More than 700 terrorists were killed in the course of the operation.
Two days ahead of the failed attack, the SAA’s positions east of Abu Duhur were reinforced with additional units of the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA). This indicates that the army’s leadership had information about the attack.
No group has claimed responsibility for the failed attack so far. However, pro-government activists said that the attack was carried out by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies, which are known to be stationed in the nearby opposition-held area.
The failed attack was likely meant to pressure the SAA, that’s rapidly advancing in northern, northwestern Hama and northern Lattakia.