BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to kickoff a new offensive in Syria’s northwestern region after several weeks of intense hostilities with the jihadist rebels.
Speaking to Al-Masdar News on Monday, a Syrian Army officer said that the military is still on high-alert in the southeastern countryside of Idlib.
“We have everything we need to begin the offensive,” the source said, adding that they are “awaiting orders to launch the operation against the terrorists.”
The Syrian Army officer said that the primary focus is the Abu Dhuhour countryside, but could expand further north towards the key city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in central Idlib.
Leading this new military operation will be the battle-tested Tiger Forces, who have been active at the Abu Dhuhour front for several months now.
Furthermore, it will likely include the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) and Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP); these aforementioned groups have a large presence along the Hama-Idlib axis.
What could potentially kill this offensive will be the results of the next Astana Peace Conference, which is scheduled to take place on November 28th.
The Turkish regime will attempt to block the Syrian Arab Army operation, but Russia is nearly fed-up with the constant attacks that have been launched from the designated demilitarized zone in northwest Syria.