Elite troops within the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to capture a rebel stronghold in northern Hama during heavy combat with anti-government militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) on Thursday. Tiger Forces and two brigades of the 4th division retook the town of Taibat al-Imam, breaking through opposition forces’ defensive line and establishing control in the area for the first time since 2016. HTS is an organisation consisting of various militant groups including the former al-Nusra Front.

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