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Syrian War Report – August 12, 2019: Tiger Forces Crush Militants’ Defense In Southern Idlib

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Syrian War Report – August 12, 2019: Tiger Forces Crush Militants' Defense In Southern Idlib

Over the past weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces have continued their advance on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib.

By August 12, government forces had liberated the areas of al-Hobait, Maghar al-Hamam, Maghar al-Hantah, Sukayk and Tell Sukayk. The SAA also attacked the village Kbanah in northern Lattakia, but was not able to overrun militants’ defense there.

In response to the SAA advance, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Jaysh al-Izza, the National Front for Liberation and other Idlib groups carried out attacks in the areas of Sukayk and al-Wasta. They even used a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device to break the SAA defense in southern Idlib. Nonetheless, both attacks were repelled by the SAA.

Warplanes of the Syrian Air Force coonducted an intense bombing campaign targeting militants in northern Hama. According to pro-government sources, the goal of the ongoing advance is to isolate militants deployed in al-Lataminah, Kafr Zayta, Murak and nearby areas from their allies in the rest of the Idlib zone.

On August 11, Jaysh al-Ahnar revealed that its three senior commanders had been eliminated by the SAA. The commanders were identified as Tunisian citizen Abu Misab al-Tunisi, the general military commander, Abu Sutif al-Binishi, the general commander of the group’s special forces and Abu Qutadah al-Homsi, the main coordinator of the group’s operations room.

Jaysh al-Ahnar was formed in 2016 by several groups, which had defected from Ahrar al-Sham. Jaysh al-Ahrar was among the first factions to join Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham formed by Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. The faction left the terrorist group in 2017 and joined the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation, branded as the moderate opposition group, in 2018.

The fate of Jaysh al-Ahnar serves a demonstration of the key issue behind all the previous efforts to de-escalate the situation in Idlib and separate radical groups from moderate counterparts. Idlib groups join new alliances and change names to hide their real face on a regular basis.

These branding efforts allow mainstream media and foreign backers of militants to claim that ongoing clashes are a barbaric example of the Assad oppression of moderate opposition and democratic rebels.

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  • David Parker

    Go SAA!
    May you be a wall against the demonic Zionist proxies – Turks. Daesch, Israel – in this ancient Christian land. Acts 11:22-26
    Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
    Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

    Antioch, populous city of ancient Syria and now a major town of south-central Turkey. It lies near the mouth of the Orontes River, about 12 miles (19 km) northwest of the Syrian border. Antioch was founded in 300 BC by Seleucus I Nicator, a former general of Alexander the Great.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    Good that’s so good, i hope those militants are completely dead

    • You can call me Al

      hahaha, as opposed to just dead ? (only joking).

      • Lord Humongous

        Super dead.

      • Icarus Tanović

        Hahaha, was about to write him that.

  • John Wallace

    The constant chipping away is starting to pay dividends . The stout defense is becoming weaker and will eventually collapse just like all the other battles the SAA has fought and won.

  • Icarus Tanović

    And three eliminated Wahhabi Tekfiri Satanists evil minds.

  • dan kopfz

    Interesting. If it’s just 8 kms from Hobait to Khan Shaykhun, then it’s roughly the same distance from Sukayk to Khan Shaykhun also–separated only by open fields. That places the entire city under fire control from both the East and West.

    We might see a Debaltsevo-like cauldron created here if the SAA decide to encircle these regions. Force the terrorists to attempt a costly breakout through a kill zone.

    • cechas vodobenikov

      I’m familiar w donbass :largely forests–the terrain is different and there r many concentrated villages near debaltsevo….I do not know syria…likely few derivya there exist to provide cover for troops