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.
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.
Russian defense Ministry officially commented on the story of the “chemical attack in Idlib” pointing out that the cause of the incident was a blow from Syrian aviation in the Khan of Sheyhun against the warehouse of militants, where among other things, they were collecting explosive shells filled with the handicraft production chemical weapons, which the militants have repeatedly used in Syria, which caused collateral damage among fighters and civilians.
In General, the situation for the SAA here in recent days has improved slightly, although on the complete overcoming of the crisis so far, the militants have lost the pace, but the ambitious plans they still have left, so ahead of the SAA are waiting for fierce fighting with a sufficiently skilled adversary. In the battle from both sides involved more than 20 thousand people, dozens of tanks and artillery (even the Syrians TOS-1). In these battles the parties to bear significant losses, a few dozen people a day. Together, and the fighters and the SAA from the beginning of the offensive had lost several hundred men killed and wounded.
The evening of March 22 the case of the SAA in Northern Hama worsened. The militants took Suran and has moved to the South, about the same place where they successfully attacked in September 2016, when their advance was halted by the reserves of the SAA, as well as internal strife. At this point, the attack is carried out by radical groups under the leadership of “al-Nusra”, which took part of his forces from the region of Idlib, to conduct offensive operations separately from the opponents of the “Ahrar al-sham” and the Syrian Free Army.
The rapid advance of Kurdish light infantry and the support of the American aircraft easily broke through the veil of “black” to the North-East of Raqqa, and attempts to counter them by throwing in the reserves do not give the desired results. The Kurds suffered losses, but kept the occupied territories, which creates prerequisites for further “crimping” of Raqqa to the East.
We must understand that in the near future the life in the province of Idlib will be very “exciting”. For example, Idlib will be in the local version to see what would happen with the whole Syria in case if Assad was overthrown and these characters came to power. Considering the sides of the war within Idlib, you can only wish every success to self-destruction.