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Syrian War Report – August 23, 2019: Army Finishes Clearing Northern Hama Pocket

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Syrian War Report – August 23, 2019: Army Finishes Clearing Northern Hama Pocket

Following the liberation of Khan Shaykhun, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continued their advance on militant positions in the northern Hama pocket.

On August 22, government forces liberated the village of Sayyad, the Sayyad hilltop and several nearby points from members of radical militant groups remaining in the area. SAA units also advanced on Kafr Zita. The situation there is developing.

Additionally, the Syrian military opened a humanitarian corridor for civilians leaving the northern Hama pocket. The pocket is located in the area of Soran. Photos from the area show ‘green buses’ are already there. Pro-government media are joking that they will be used to evacuate Turkish troops from their ‘observation point’ near Morek. This ‘observation point’ became infamous after Turkey allowed various radical militants to use its surroundings to use it as a launching ground for attacks on SAA positions. This decision turned Turkish troops deployed there into human shields and led to casualties among Turkish personnel. Instead of removing militants from the area, Ankara expectedly blamed the ‘bloody Assad regime’ for these casualties.

Clashes are ongoing in northern Hama where the SAA, in particular the 4th Armoured Division, carried out another unsuccessful attempt to liberate the town of Kabanah from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the Turkistan Islamic Party and Ajnad al-Kavkaz.

Suhaib Abu Khallad, a commander of al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din, was assassinated in the morning of August 22 in Idlib’s city center. Opposition sources said that unknown operatives had planted a magnetic improvised-explosive device under Abu Khallah’s car, which was parked near his apartment in the al-Jamiy’a district. The explosion killed the terrorist and injured another person. Abu Khallad was the second commander of Horas al-Din assassinated in August. The first one was Abu al-Walid al-Tunisi, who was killed in a similar way in the eastern Idlib town of Taftanaz.

In the coming days, the SAA and its allies will develop their operation in northern Hama in order to fully clear it from militants. After this, government forces will likely focus on strengthening the newly-gained positions and finally delivering a blow to radicals remaining in Kabanah.

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J Roderet

Somewhere, deep in hell, John McCain is howling in fury. His al-Queda buddies are getting crushed and will soon be joining him. His proxy war is lost. Peace is returning to Syria.

Willing Conscience (The Truths

It’s nearly a pity he didn’t last just long enough to see what’s happening now, just so he could go to his grave knowing it failed.

Icarus Tanović

That Khalad guy is assassinated and the question of no importance is by whom, but why? Getting rid of an unfavourable witness to somebody. I think we all know to whom…

Icarus Tanović

Wahhabi Abu al Walid is not valid anymore.

Willing Conscience (The Truths

I don’t think there were 1,800 rebels/terrorists left hiding in this pocket, I think all of them fled north the day before yesterday.
Is this a tactic the SAA could repeat somewhere else, it’s worked so well this time that I don’t see any reason why it couldn’t again, and to be honest I think this tactic could be repeated over and over again, well at least another 11 times before it became useless.


“improvised-explosive device” no, it’s a booby trap.

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