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Syrian War Report – May 13, 2019: Militants’ Defense Is Slowly Collapsing In Hama Province

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Syrian War Report – May 13, 2019: Militants' Defense Is Slowly Collapsing In Hama Province

Pro-government forces are developing their steady advance on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical militant groups in northwestern Hama.

After a series of heavy clashes, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces (NDF) established control of the villages of Hawijat Sallah, Jamasiyah, Shari’ah, Bab Al-Taqa and several nearby points.

The advance came amid a high number of Syrian and Russian airstrikes that targeted terror infrastructure in the provinces of Hama and Idlib. Another factor, which contributed to this tactical success is the participation of Russian military advisers.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led forces carried out several counter-attacks employing their artillery, anti-tank guided missiles and suicide bombers, but failed to push the SAA, the NDF and the Tiger Forces back from the recently captured positions.

According to pro-government sources, a total of 40 militants were killed in the clashes. Pro-militant sources continued claiming that pro-government forces had suffered large casualties, but there are little evidence to confirm the provided numbers.

In northern Aleppo, the Turkish-backed militant group, the Hamza Division, shelled the government-held towns of Nubl and al-Zahraa from the occupied region of Afrin. The group’s media wing claimed that these attacks were a response to the SAA advance in northwestern Hama.

At the same time, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and multiple groups from the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation formed a joint operations room to coordinate their efforts against the SAA in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib.

These developments confirm that the separation of the so-called moderate opposition from the terrorist in northwestern Syria has once again failed and these groups continue to cooperate and coordinate their efforts against the Damascus government.

The US-led coalition and its Syrian proxies conducted night live drills near the al-Tanaf garrison on May 11. The drills involved the US High Mobility Artillery Rocket System deployed in the area. Such drills were repeatedly conducted in the area during the last two months. They serve as a signal that the US is not going to withdraw its forces, which block the movement along the international Damascus-Baghdad highway.

Russian and Syrian efforts to evacuate the nearby Rukban refugee camp achieved limited results only evacuating around 8,000 civilians only from the area of the humanitarian catastrophe created as a result of the US occupation of this chunk of southeastern Syria.

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  • Dušan Mirić

    Don’t stop! Push terrorists hard and with no mercy!

    • Astrid Watanabe

      The terrorists must be getting desperate, farsnews also reports that they are trying forced recruitment of local residents to fight against the Syrian army but people are resisting.

  • Astrid Watanabe

    Good news also comes from Iran: farsnews.com / Syrian Expert: Ankara Unable to Stop Military Operations in Idlib…… reporting “given the Syrian and Russian armies firm decision to clean the region occupied by terrorists Ankara has withdrawn from all observation posts…… ”
    The Russians are finally seriously kicking in, I think that is because of the attacks on their bases, that was too much, they can’t let that just go. They must have also put their foot down on that nonsense from Erdogan supporting the terrorists, that was out of hand! Now this report talks of “epoch making battle” in the making…….don’t poke the Bear !!!!!