The Syrian armed opposition conducted a surprise attack against a regime bastion in northern Idleb province, killing at least 22 elite troops and allied militants, military source told Zaman al-Wasl Wednesday.
The dawn attack targeted a post occupied by the regime’s elite Tiger Force and Iranian militias near the town of al-Mshairfah east of Idleb city.
The Tiger Forces are led by Brig. Gen. Suheil al-Hassan, a Russian-backed Syrian officer who has taken credit for some of the biggest regime victories in the eight-year conflict.
But he has not succeeded in breaking Idleb’s defenses, which remain deadlocked. According to opposition activists, elite forces from the Republican Guard and the Fourth Division led by Assad’s younger brother, Maher, have recently started taking part in the Idleb offensive, AP reported.
In Hama province on Tuesday, the National Front killed four regime troops in TOW missile attack.
The Turkish-backed group targeted regime forces in the al-Ghab Plain, one of the main manpower supplies for the Syrian regime.
The use of US-made anti-tank missiles are having an impact on the battlefield.
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