Jihadist attack in Idlib countered by Syrian Army, heavy militant losses

The jihadist rebels launched a powerful counter-assault in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Saturday, as their forces attempted to advance near the key town of Jarjanaz south of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man.

According to the Russian Reconciliation Center, the jihadist rebels attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses on two separate occasions on Saturday, with each attempt involving up to 50 militants.

The Russian Reconciliation Center confirmed Al-Masdar’s previous report which said the Syrian Arab Army managed to repel the jihadist attack, while inflicting heavy losses within the ranks of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allied militant group.s

In particular, the Russian Reconciliation Center said that the total killed and wounded for the jihadist rebels exceeded 30, with the majority of the fighters being from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, a successor group to Jabhat Al-Nusra.

Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist rebels began the counter-offensive with three suicide attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses west of Jarjanaz.

On Friday, following suicide attacks, the Syrian Army and jihadist rebels clashed for a short period of time before the latter was forced to withdraw from the western flank of the town.

According to a field report from this front, the Syrian Army managed to kill and wound several of the jihadist rebels, while also securing the western part of Jarjanaz following the attack.

The Syrian Arab Army previously launched an attack to recover the points they lost west of Jarjanaz; however, this attack was also repelled by the jihadist rebels.

Over the last 24 hours, the two parties have traded offensives in southeastern Idlib, with very little ground taken by either side.