On January 31, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured seven towns in the southern and southeastern Idlib countryside from al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies.
According to pro-government sources, army troops advanced in southeastern Idlib, capturing the towns of Ain al-Ban and al-Kan’is. The two towns are located to the south of Saraqib city, the main target of the ongoing operation in the region.
The army also advanced in the southern Idlib countryside, imposing control of the towns of Hish, Kafr Mazdah, Tubish, Muqah and Amiriyah.
A day earlier, bad weather conditions slowed down the SAA’s operations in south and southeast Idlib. Now, the army is once again advancing rapidly.
The SAA will likely advance further in the region in the upcoming few hours. Usually, the army’s elite 25th Special Forces Division carries out ground attacks during night hours.