"The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF), led by units of the Tiger Forces, have liberated a large area from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in southern Idlib and deployed within only 11km south of the Abu al-Duhur Airbase.
On January 8, the SAA and the NDF liberated over 11 villages from militants, expanding the buffer zone around the recently liberated town of Sinjar and avdancing towards Abu al-Duhur.' southfront
The R+6 have now broken out of the hills and are advancing across farmland. The air base at Abu al-Duhur and the cross roads at the same place will be very useful. 11 km. reported to Abu al-Duhur and 30 km. overall to the northern jaw of government held territory north of reported positions of the Tiger Forces, 4th Mechanized Division and NDF. Piece of cake! The government forces west of Khanassar are evidently there to fix HTS in position.
The meeting of the jaws will create another bag full of HTS. At the same time HTS continues to be attacked by IS forces in the bypassed pocket around Sujur. Oh, Goody!. pl