Following the liberation of the strategic village of Abu Dali in southern Idlib, the Syrian military had deployed additional troops and military equipment to further develop momentum against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the area.
Russian-made TOS-1A heavy flamethrower systems were deployed within this effort. Previously, the TOS-1A system was spotted in the area on December 24. Since then, the Syrian Arab Army, the Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces have liberted a large area, including the villages of Tal Maraq, Hamdaniyah, Naseriyah, Mushayrifah, Dajjaj, Tamat Khalifah and Tal Warid.
Now, government forces are developing momentum in the direction of Khuwayn Kabir in order to isolate the militant-held town of Tamanah from the eastern direction. If they are able to reach Khuwayn Kabir or even capture it, the army and its allies will create a direct threat of resuming an offensive operation in the Lataminah area in northern Hama.