“Al-Nusra” and “Ahrar al-sham” have actually burned their operating reserves in the April fighting and can only rely on fresh recruits from camps in Idlib, as well as a separate jihadist group from other groups. The main problem of fighters is that after the SAA broke through the main defensive line Halfaya-Tablet-al-Imam-Souran, the second line of defense near Lataminah and Morek, in fact is the key to the southern part of Idlib. In the continuation of the offensive of the SAA at the current pace, the consequences of the collapse of the defense of fighters in North Hama can capture and the neighboring parts of the front, particularly in the area Kerdasa and Maan that the favorable SAA for the development of the situation can lead to total collapse of the southern front rebels.
The position of the militants in the Northern Hama continues to deteriorate. After the defeat in the battle of Tabiat al-Imam, there is more of a direct threat from the advance of the SAA to Morek and Latamanah to the position of militants in the area of Halfaya. Because of this, the command of the fighters was forced to pull out troops North, leaving Halfaya (for which a long time of heavy fighting) and the positions to the East of it.
In the Northern Hama heavy fighting continues. SAA has taken Taybat al-Imam and repulsed the counterattacks of “Al-Nusra”, is developing an offensive in the direction of al latamina. The enemy in recent days suffered heavy losses here – according to various estimates from 40 to 60 killed, 6 armored vehicles and more than 10 carts. The district of al latamina subjected to severe bombing by the VKS of the Russian Federation and the Syrian air force, roads leading to city, covered by artillery.
Fierce fighting continues in the area Halfaya. Syrian sources say the build-up of intense artillery fire from the SAA in the direction of Lataminah may indicate the seriousness the intention to eliminate the Lataminah bulge. Entrenched in Taybat al-Imam, SAA gets the opportunity to move in the direction of Lataminah actually going to the flank and rear of the group of militants holding the front in the area Halfaya. It is not excluded that with this growing threat, the militants are likely to lose Halfaya within a week and be forced to move to back to Lataminah, and the SAA in turn, moving from Taybat al-Imam and Souran, can create a threat to Morek, moving along the road toward Khan Shaykhun.
In Syria in the militant attack on the military garrison of government troops killed a Russian military adviser to Sergei Burgundy. This was announced by the defense Ministry.
As told in Department, he was part of a group of Russian military advisers and carried out tasks for the preparation of one of the units of the Syrian forces.
“During the attack the militants, a Russian officer organized actions of Syrian troops, not allowing a breakthrough of terrorists in the residential town of”, — noted in the defense Ministry.
Both parties continue to send into battle additional reserves, but still the advantage is with the SAA and its allies in firepower effect, plus it is worth remembering that the SAA is somewhat easier to replenish losses in tanks and infantry fighting vehicles than the rebels, who are losing armor, and losing the ability to conduct an effective counterattack on a tactical level. Regrouping after the capture of Maharde and reinforcements, enabled SAA to continue the offensive, denying the militants a chance to recover due to the long operational pause.
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.