Syrian War Daily – 16th of August 2019

Hello and welcome to the 883rd installment of the SWD.

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Syrian Army captures town of Hobait, entering Idlib province (with timelapse map)

Situation around the town of Hobait after the Syrian Army capture. Russian airstrikes and Syrian artillery made the difference in this battle, killing and injuring a large portion of the rebel garrison before the latter withdrew to the east.
Situation at Sukayk/Atshan in northeast Hama province. Syrian troops launched an offensive capturing Sukayk hill after a days-long buildup of troops along the frontline. Jihadist rebels launched a suicide bomb attack attempting to recapture the hill, but failed.
Timelapse map of Northern Hama offensive from 28 July to 11 August. The Syrian Army reversed its fortunes in Northern Hama, expelling moderate rebel forces from much of the area and putting long-time rebel stronghold towns under threat or even capturing them. Russian airstrikes and Syrian barrel-bomb attacks largely made the difference in this offensive, making it almost impossible for rebel militants to move above-ground in vehicles without being killed or injured. Several towns (including Kafr Nabudah, Hamamiyat, Arbain, Zakah, Kafr Zita, and Khan Shaykhun) were largely destroyed by the air campaign.