The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – are preparing for a large-scale ground offensive inside the Al-Houla and Al-Rastan Plains of northern Homs after a one year hiatus from this front.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Syrian Armed Forces fired a flurry of rockets and mortar shells into the imperative cities of Al-Rastan and Talbieseh in order to weaken the stiff defenses of the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA); these aforementioned Islamist groups have been entrenched in this area of the Homs Governorate for almost four years.
Recently, the Islamist rebel groups in the Al-Rastan Plains have declared war on Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah, despite the fact they are confined to an area that is completely surrounded by the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces.
In addition to the coming ground offensive by the Syrian Armed Forces in northern Homs, the Russian Air Force has concentrated its efforts on the large concentration of Al-Qaeda fighters entrenched inside this area near the southern border of the Hama Governorate.
If the Syrian Armed Force can seize full control of the Al-Houla and Al-Rastan Plains; this will leave the Al-Qaeda militants entrenched inside the Al-Wa’er District of Homs City trapped without any outlet to retreat.