Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) preacher Abu al-Fatah al-Farghali said that despite HTS retreat in Northern Hama the battle “is still at the beginning stage”, adding that “good tidings” are expected to arrive soon.
Despite al-Farghali’s statement, over the last few days HTS lost all ground previously gained in clashes with the Syrian troops. The militants were forced to retreat due to heavy losses inflicted by the Syrian army and Russian Air Force.
These military failures pushed HTS to side with its main rival, Ahrar al-Sham movement. The militants joined forced to attack the SAA positions in Southern Hama but the offensive was repelled by the government troops.