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Syrian War Report – May 22, 2019: Army Is Repelling Large Militant Attack On Kafr Nabudah

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Syrian War Report – May 22, 2019: Army Is Repelling Large Militant Attack On Kafr Nabudah

On May 21, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria) and its Turkish-backed allies launched an attack from the direction of al-Habit and Qusaybiyah in northwestern Hama on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Kafr Nabudah, Tal Hawash and Qafr-Zaita.

The attack started with at least one successful attack by a suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device near SAA positions. Militant group infantry was backed up by several rocket launchers and battle tanks.

In the framework of this attack, militants reached Kafr Nabudah attempting to capture it. Since then, intense fighting has been ongoing there.

At the same time, SAA units have still not been able to make any progress in the area of Kbanah in northwestern Lattakia. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party have well-fortified positions in this area and have successfully repelled most SAA attacks.

Both sides claim that their enemies suffered major casualties.

The situation is further complicated by speculations about chemical weapons, which are being spread by radical groups. As always, they use this kind of propaganda in the attempt to get foreign support in their battle against the Damascus government.

The US State Department has already reacted to a recent claim that the SAA allegedly used chlorine in northern Lattakia threatening to attack Syria once again.

“We are still gathering information on this incident, but we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will respond quickly and appropriately,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said claiming that “the Assad regime’s culpability in horrific chemical weapons attacks is undeniable”.

In turn, the Russian military warned that militants are preparing new provocations involving chemical weapons. According to the Russian Center for reconciliation, captured militants revealed that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham had set up a special unit named the ‘chemical wing’ for this purpose. The unit is reportedly headed by Abu Basir al-Britani, a member of the al-Qaeda linked group Hurras al-Din. This group is a close ally of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

The recent developments once again confirm that the Greater Idlib zone remains a nest of various terrorist groups deeply linked to the so-called Syrian opposition. The de-escalation efforts and attempts to separate “moderate rebels” from “terrorists” resulted in little progress. All these create a serious pretext for further military action in this area.

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  • Julian Clegg

    Abu Basir al-Britani must be British. Does anyone know his real name?

  • Vince Dhimos

    Well, Morgan Ortagus, since Assad’s involvement in chemical attacks is undeniable, I am sure you will immediately release your evidence, right?

  • dutchnational

    AMN reports a second attack, though costly, was succesfull. SAA admitted it. A counterattack by SAA was partly successful and SAA retook part of the city, but is stuck.

  • pjt

    Al-Britani should be hunted & eliminated

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    The Turkish border is where the chemicals are most likely crossing into Syria, the super tightly controlled border that nothing can move across without Erdogan’s express consent.

  • Rodney Loder

    The American Cavaliers are on their way like the Conquistadors they feel they are unassailable, don’t know why they think like that but they do.

    This brimming with desperation means Trump does need a pretext or a crazy reason thase peopl are criminally insane nut have they got balls I don’t think so.

    The right wing economic extremists and the hedonistic Labour left have equally benefited from the Zionist Masonic Lodge and the Catholic Church donating me on to satan ie. end timer evangelist Donald Trump end timer, the point I’m making is the donation is unwinding rapidly that’s why I say desperation.

    Can Trump go it alone without air superiority, this is funny.