Hama: operations stall out after rebel infighting, government counterattack

After achieving significant gains in a previous offensive, opposition forces failed to maintain their inertia in the northern Hama countryside(1). Offensive operations came to a halt after infighting started between Jund al-Aqsa and several other Islamist groups(2). Although the internal conflict has been brought to a halt by negotiations(3), the Hama campaign has not resumed,…

Hama: Jund al-Aqsa spearheads major offensive after defeat in Aleppo

On August 29th, 2016, the usually quiet northern Hama frontline exploded – both literally and figuratively. Frustrated by recent military failures in the Aleppo theatre, a coalition of opposition factions spearheaded by the controversial Jund al-Aqsa launched a major assault on Syrian government checkpoints south of al-Lataminah. Jund al-Aqsa is notorious for its extremely radical…

Eastern desert: ISIS beats back multiple offensives, continues to suffer attrition losses on several fronts

6/29/16: Despite suffering major casualties and losing the stronghold of Fallujah, the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Shaam continues to fight on and has struck back against its enemies in the past couple of weeks, blunting attempted offensives and managing to retain much of their territory despite taking heavy losses from warfare attrition. On the…