The militants created the operating room, where under the auspices of “al-Nusra” carried out coordination of actions of the militants. From the Syrian side in the management of the battle involving the Russian military advisers. In General, this is a fairly typical battle of attrition in the spirit of spring battles in Northern Hama in March-April 2017.
On the development of events in North Hama.
In response to the advance of the SAA to the north and north-west of Kafr Nabud with the occupation of a number of villages, the militants of Al-Nusra, Jaish al-Islam and a number of pro-Turkish groups (FSA, Hamza division, Islamic Party of Turkestan) launched a series of a counterattack in the direction of Qalat al-Madika and Kafr Nabuda (which did not give them significant results), and also launched a serious offensive from the Lataminah ledge in the direction of Kernaz and Hammayyat. On the first day of the attack, the militants were able to seriously push the SAA south of Hamamiyat (the militants also claimed to capture it, but the SAA still controls it), occupying several villages.
The next day, in the morning, the SAA launched a counterattack and returned some of the lost positions. The fighters, in turn, attempted to develop success to the south of Hamamiyyat, and also undertook an accentuated movement on Kernaz, trying to trim the ledge at Kafr Nabud from the south. All this resulted in a tense battle that continued today. Both sides are actively using armored vehicles, artillery and MLRS, and are bringing additional reserves into battle. The Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces are active
The advance of “Jaish al-Islam” and “Al-Nusra” on June 6-7, South of Hamamiyat.
The militants created the operating room, where under the auspices of “al-Nusra” carried out coordination of actions of the militants. From the Syrian side in the management of the battle involving the Russian military advisers. In General, this is a fairly typical battle of attrition in the spirit of spring battles in Northern Hama in March-April 2017. Not to mention that the breakdown strength of the shock militant groups fell significantly, in 2017, their counterattack had actually fallen off the front and created a threat to the provincial capital. Now they how max manages to push the SAA, occupying the destroyed villages, which is extremely difficult to keep due to the fact that after the withdrawal of the SAA, such settlements are beginning to dub artillery and aircraft along with the fighters, causing them to suffer losses as under assault, and in attempt to keep (the most striking example is the occupation and the abandonment of al-Nabuda).
We are now seeing a counter-fight, where an increasing role is played by the resource potential of the parties, which is clearly not in favor of the rebels. Syrian sources claim that only on June 7 and just South of the al-Naboodah killed more than 120 militants. The militants claim that the loss of the CAA during their offensive on June 6-7 was about 110-120 killed and wounded.
The overall pattern of battles in North Hama and southwestern Idlib over the past month.
The reasons for the militants’ activity are clear, the attack on Kafr Nabuda failed and the SAA pulled up reserves for an attack on Al-Habit, which created a threat to the environment of Al-Latamin grouping. In view of this, using those forces that were concentrated for the defense of the protrusion, a strike was launched aimed, at a minimum, to constrain the activity of the SAA to the west of Khan-Sheikhun and thwart the attack on Al-Habit. With luck, circumstances, the militants certainly will not give up the practice of Kernaz. But before it reaches June 6-7, it does not look very likely that they will be able to occupy the city as part of the ongoing battle of attrition. For the SAA, in a sense, this development makes it possible to grind part of the Lataminah grouping during the oncoming battle, which can facilitate subsequent operations to free Lataminah, Kafr-Zita, Morek and Khan-Sheikhun.