Briefly on the military situation in Northern Hama to April 10, 2017.
Against the background of provocation “chemical attack” in Khan Sheyhun, fighting receded into the background, but certainly not stopped. Having the operational initiative, the SAA last days was trying in the forehead to RAM defence of the opponent on the line bakery halfayya-Tablet-al-Imam-Suran, which led to a series of bloody battles in the area Halfaya and Maanasa. In Helfaya militants in General managed to hold a key position and essential success of the SAA here could not achieve.The battle for Mardas led to the fact that the city passed from hand to hand, but as reported by Syrian sources, today, he again came under the control of the SAA. Thus, according to preliminary data, in addition to several dozen killed and wounded, the rebels lost 1 T-62, and 1 “Shilka”, BMP 1 and 3 carts. Control Maardam important for an attack on Sochi, so the fighters used coming from Idlib reserves (and will likely continue to use them) for active counter-attacks in order to disrupt the advance of the Syrians.Judging from the development situation, and partly they succeeded, and the solution with waste out of Khattab can be considered very timely. The pace of the counter-offensive of Syrians have fallen, and the situation for the militants has improved somewhat, although sagging flank and land Maan-Kawkab remains for them a significant threat.
The General scheme of the counter-offensive of the SAA from 2 to 10 April.
It appears that the attack on the flanks of group of fighters initially promised more benefits than the direct ousting of Hama, which allowed the militants throwing Khattab, to withdraw to the North and to create a sustainable line of defense, where they plan to provide long-term resistance using the available armored vehicles (including still not destroyed T-90, which is more used for information activities) to counter with the use of suicide bombers.It’s hard to say why the Syrians did not want to stretch the flanks of the enemy, but perhaps some objective circumstances prevented this. In any case, the parties by April 10, returned to an already known situation (minus Souran Syrians), when the notorious El Latinsky the ledge continues to be a center of operational tension in the North of Hama. On the one hand, it creates a permanent threat of attack on the provincial capital and a strategic breakthrough to Rascanska boiler.On the other hand, the configuration of the ledge constantly keeps the Syrians possible with proper training to organize the environment in converging directions with a view to the total elimination of the ledge. The presence of such mutual threats makes the projection center of gravity of the reserves sides, which is evident in the last battle. Both sides engaged large by the standards of war forces, but the operational result has not been able to achieve – used parts resources and, to some extent balance each other.However, the Syrians seized the initiative and having a more durable resource base (at the expense of Russia and Iran) may try to get more, although in recent days it looked as though the offensive has already entered the saturation phase and the troops need to regroup. Whether so it – will see in the coming days, especially since the battle at the moment is in full swing, but it is clearly noticeable to the point mode, which the SAA will have to take a bit more work.
Russia actively supports the operation of the SAA in Northern Hama. Despite the provocation Khan Sheyhun and hit the Sirat, videoconferencing has not stopped bombing rebel positions, and moreover, they were reinforced – strikes on positions of militants in the southern part of the ledge, and by their lines of supply to the South of Idlib almost around the clock.Militants trying to bring down the intensity of the bombing, tried the trailer to Han-Sheyhun to spin the story that their poor and unfortunate are bombarded by cluster munitions, but the story is not shot, since Russia (and with China) the Convention on the prohibition of cluster munitions did not sign that the militants of course expensive given the intensity of air strikes.
It is also worth noting that in the area Myrada showed up, the military police forces of the Russian Federation, which on one hand are designed to maintain order in the city, and on the other hand, actually propped up the front of the SAA in the Western part of the ledge, in case the militants will be able to create a threat to the city.
Another worth noting often flashing pictures and videos of Hama, the Russian military advisers who help the Syrians with the solution of tactical problems. Of course, have not gone away and the supply line of the Syrian Express.
The main problem is the Syrians have all the exact same – not enough good infantry, so not a good life here was necessary to transfer units “Tigers”, “Shield Calluna” or “the 5th Legion,” which were prepared for other fronts. Apparently, the story of the attack of militants in Hama will require the formation of several teams, to arm and train without the help of Russia will be difficult. Alternatively, you can consider the option of redeployment of battle-hardened Shiite militias from Iraq in agreement with Iran.
The future prospects of the SAA will depend on whether they will be able to break through the front between an Halfaya and Tablet-al-Imam or to build on the success associated with the occupation of Maanasa. Light coming battles will certainly not be.
At the moment, the fighting in North Hama is the largest battle of the campaign in 2017 surpassing in its scope the operation of the SAA in the area of Palmyra, the storming of the al-Bab, or the battles in Jobar and Deraa.
Iranian officer killed in Hama.
A massive bombardment of militant positions in the area of Maanasa.
General Suhail in the area of Maanasa.
The militants launch rockets.
The photo was signed, which is a ham, but more like East of HOMS.
A hit from a TOW on Syrian tank.
Fighting in the area of Maanasa. April 9.
Fighting in the Western part of the ledge.
Cutting fights. The end of March-beginning of April.
Battlefields. Shooting the UAV fighters. 7 APR.
The Russian attacks. Hama and Latakia.
Video from fighters (FSA, “Ahrar al-sham”)
When the number of rockets from the “Castle” exceeds the number of “Allah-Akbar” in a minute.