Late on August 10, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) stormed the town of Hobait in the southwestern Idlib countryside with support from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces.
Pro-government sources said that heavy clashes with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies are still taking place north and east of Hobait. However, the army is expected to secure the town in the upcoming few hours.
Earlier, SAA units stormed the villages of Maghar al-Hamam and Maghar al-Hantah, northeast and north of Hobait. The army also repelled an attack on the newly-captured Sukayk hill in the southeastern Idlib countryside.
Hobait is located only 7km to the west of the key town of Khan Shaykhun, which controls the main highway between the Syrian capital, Damascus, and the city of Aleppo.
The capture of Hobait would be a major blow to HTS and its allies. The militant group’s defense in the region appears to be collapsing rapidly.