Syria’s army and its allies have repelled a large-scale attack spearheaded by the notorious al-Nusra Front terrorist group on the western Syrian city of Hama.
The army and its allies repelled the attack by an alliance of militants led by Nusra on the north of the city on Tuesday, a media outlet run by the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement said.
The northern Hama area is adjacent to the province of Idlib, where there are large concentrations of Takfiri militants.
Al-Nusra recently denounced ongoing peace talks between the Syrian government and armed opposition in the Kazakh capital of Astana. Al-Nusra and other internationally-designated terrorist groups are excluded from the peace process.
The talks have so far led to the establishment of four “de-escalation zones” in the country. An agreement was reached on the specific borders of the fourth zone, which covers Idlib, on Friday, and al-Nusra has said it is not bound by the agreement.
The Syrian government and its allies have been making steady progress against militants in the country. Most recently, they have been making headway in Dayr al-Zawr Province.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, meanwhile, said on Tuesday that the Syrian and allied forces had wrested control of about 75 percent of Dayr al-Zawr’s provincial capital of the same name.
Dayr al-Zawr is an important battleground. Daesh has mobilized its forces and moved heavy weaponry to the province to make it its main staging area in the face of increasing defeats elsewhere in the country. The liberation of a stretch of land in Dayr-al-Zawr that borders Iraq would be particularly important because it would stop the Takfiri terrorists’ cross-border transit to and from Iraq.
Syria’s ultimate control of the oil-rich province would also help revive its economy.
Earlier in the month, the Syrian army and its allies broke a nearly three-year-old Daesh siege on government-held parts of the Dayr al-Zawr City.