On Monday, August 17, Syrian government and opposition forces continued to battle for control of al- Ghab plain. In the adjoining Latakia Governorate, rebel rocket crews now operated within range of the coastal capital. News broke of government gains the next day.
— Islamic World News (@Amin_Akh) August 18, 2015
Fighter wears GoPro while fighting in the mountains of Latakia.
The Knights of Justice Brigade destroys a government tank.
— Peto Lucem (@PetoLucem) August 18, 2015
— Mark (@markito0171) August 18, 2015
Moving into Wednesday, fighting continued in the Hama countryside. A variety of Islamist and FSA rebel groups reportedly engaged a mixed force of SAA, loyalist militias and Hezbollah. Fighting broke out around al- Msheek, al- Mansoura, Tal Wassit and al- Ziyarah, with claims of government victories.
Government forces operate heavy weapons around Sahl al- Ghab.
— Peto Lucem (@PetoLucem) August 20, 2015
Free Syrian Army correspondent Abu Bara sat down with the government soldier captured the day before.
— BosnoSinj (@BosnjoBoy) August 22, 2015
Al-Masadar News reported that Tiger Forces, NDF and armor contested Qarqur while fighting continued around al- Bahsa. More fighting went on over Zeyzoun power plant, as did reports of bombing and shelling.
— Ivan Sidorenko (@IvanSidorenko1) August 22, 2015
Early Sunday morning saw the announcement of a new government offensive, this time towards to the high ground in the northwest. After acknowledgement of loyalist advances, Jabhat al- Nusra rushed to meet the government in Arafit.
— Hassan Ridha (@sayed_ridha) August 23, 2015
The attack included a focus on the Prophet Younis Mountains. Present home of the FSA First Coastal Division and 10th Division, the high ground providing an excellent vantage point for rebel artillery operators. By the end of the day, the FSA groups appeared to retain their positions.
This morning, the First Coastal Division shelled the government with a variety of weapons. Jabhat al- Nusra released photos of weapons and identification allegedly taken from the loyalists assaulting Arafit.
— Ibn Nabih (@IbnNabih1) August 24, 2015
— Peto Lucem (@PetoLucem) August 24, 2015
For background on this topic, check out my writeup on the failed Zabadani, Fu’ah and Kafraya ceasefire. (Links from July 29 – August 17)