Thousand of terrorists retreated from their positions in Southern Aleppo and Northern Hama and moved to Southeastern Idlib to back the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) against the Syrian Army troops that are rapidly advancing towards Abu al-Dhohour airbase, field sources confirmed on Monday.
The sources said that thousands of gunmen from the Al-Nusra, the Islamic al-Turkistani Party and Ahrar al-Sham have retreated from their positions in Southern Aleppo and Northern Hama in the last seven days.
The sources said that the terrorists left their positions to avoid an army siege in Aleppo, Hama and Idlib, adding that the fleeing terrorists have arrived in Southeastern Idlib to back the Al-Nusra militants to slow down the army's devastating advances towards Abu al-Dhohour airbase.
Field sources confirmed on Saturday that the army men in the last round of clashes with Al-Nusra captured the villages of al-Atshanah, al-Salehiyeh, Beit al-Hamadat, al-Jufrah, Wadi al-Hob and Tal al-Sabiyeh near the town of al-Safireh.
The sources said that the army imposed control over 60 villages and towns following its advances in Southwestern Aleppo in the last four days.
The sources said that the army has started fresh operations South of al-Safireh to access the key Abu al-Dhohour airbase, capturing 26 villages.
The sources further said that the terrorist groups launched more attacks on the army to slow down their rapid advances and prevent them from laying siege on the militants trapped in a large region expanded from Southern and Southwestern Aleppo up to Southeastern Idlib.