BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The battle for northwest Syria began last weekend, when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies began the heavy bombardment of the Idlib and Hama governorates.

Since launching their attack, the Syrian Arab Army has focused most of their efforts on targeting jihadist installations and trenches along the Hama-Idlib axis.

While the attack has been limited to just shelling and missile strikes, the Syrian Arab Army is expected to storm the area in the coming days.

What is holding up the Syrian Arab Army’s large-scale ground assault is the ongoing peace talks between the Iranian, Turkish, and Russian governments.

Russia and Iran have already informed Turkey that they will not accept any jihadist factions inside of Idlib; however, the latter is attempting to convince Moscow and Tehran to avoid carrying out the attack in favor of Ankara clearing these groups.

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