BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Jaysh Al-Ahrar faction of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in northwestern Hama on Saturday morning.
According to a military communique from the town of Al-Suqaylabiyeh, Jaysh Al-Ahrar stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s 7th Checkpoint (Hajez Al-Sabaa) on Saturday morning in order to inflict heavy casualties within the ranks of the government forces.
However, the Jaysh Al-Ahrar attack would take a disastrous turn once they reached the checkpoint and found the Syrian Army positioned to defend the militant assault.
A fierce battle would ensue between the two sides at the 7th Checkpoint, resulting in at least five casualties for the Syrian Arab Army and many more for Jaysh Al-Ahrar.
Among the casualties for Jaysh Al-Ahrar was their commander, Abu Yusha Wastani (AKA Mohammad Hammoud Al-Mahmoud), who was gunned down by the Syrian Arab Army during the battle.
After the loss of Abu Yusha Wastani, Jaysh Al-Ahrar abandoned their objective and retreated back to their lines in northwestern Hama.