Syrian Arab Army Liberates Three Villages in Hama BY LEITH FADEL ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

The Syrian Arab Army, backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), liberated 3 villages in the Hama Governate yesterday. According to a military source in Hama, the villages of Balhussein, Al-Samama, and Qamaha were declared under SAA control early Monday morning. The villages are located near the imperative city of Morek  in northwest Hama, just south of the province of Idlib. The news of this victory comes one day after the SAA declared full-control over the strategic village of Arzeh near the Hama Military Airport.

In Khattab, the National Defense Forces stormed Jabhat Al-Nusra’s positions, killing 16 militants and wounding another 7 during military operations Monday. Among the casualties was “Abu Saleh” – the military commander of “Ajnad Al-Sham” in the Hama Governate. Clashes are still ongoing between the NDF and militants loyal to Jabhat Al-Nusra.

On Monday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” conducted successful operations in southern Halfaya (directly east of Mhardeh), killing 21 militants, while capturing two neighborhoods in the village. The Tiger Forces are led by Colonel Soheil Al-Hassan, a man known for his fearsome demeanor and ferocious tendencies in battle.

Electricity has been restored in the besieged city of Mhardeh in west Hama, after civilian contractors were able to fix the downed power lines near the Power Plant. Civilians in Mhardeh have remained in the city, despite the prevalence of mortar shells and rockets that are fired by Al-Nusra Front militants into the residential neighborhoods. Mhardeh is currently over-crowded, as displaced civilians from the village of Halfaya have taken refuge in this predominately Christian city.

Civilians in Mhardeh are determined to remain in their beloved city. (Picture was taken today in downtown Mhardeh)

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