BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:35 A.M.) – Elite forces of the Syrian Arab Army continue to advance in the southeastern countryside of Idlib province, launching a night assault in recent hours and capturing another town despite having to endure heavy shelling by militant howitzer and rocket units.

On the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, assault units of the Syrian Arab Army’s elite Tiger Forces Division seized the town of Al-Jabriyah, located about six kilometers south of the Abu Duhur airbase in southeast Idlib.

The advance has brought the towns of Miraya and Heysa within striking distance of Syrian troops and the latest reports provided to Al-Masdar News state that army mortar units are now shelling militant positions in and around both settlements.

However, from far behind the front-line, jihadist-led militias have brought the heaviest guns in their arsenal to bear and since late Tuesday, Syrian forces have come under heavy rocket and howitzer shelling by militant groups who aim to slow down the army’s advance on Abu Duhur.

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