Syrian Army Advances Northwest Of Khan Shaykhun, Captures New Town & Hilltop

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In the early hours of August 16, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) imposed control of the town Madayah and al-Arjahi hilltop, west of it, in the southern Idlib countryside.

Click to see full-size map, By Google Earth.

According to the pro-government Muraselon news outlet, the SAA was able to secure the town and the hilltop after heavy clashes with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies.

“The Syrian military has captured the town of Madayah and its western hill [al-Arjahi] after fierce battles with al-Nusra [HTS’ former name] and intense rocket strikes,” the outlet’s report reads.

Madayah and al-Arjahi are located northwest of the key town of Khan Shaykhun, which controls a main highway linking Damascus and Aleppo. The army is likely working to secure its rear before storming the town’s center.

In the last 48 hours, the SAA captured the villages of Kafr Ayn, Tall Aas, Khirbat Murshid, MantarUmm Zaytunah and Kafr Tab west of Khan Shaykhun.

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