BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – After months of anticipation, the mechanized might of the Syrian Arab Army has been unleashed against jihadist-led militias in northwestern Syria. Already army forces have liberated key towns and villages within a provincial region that has, until now, been under the total and virtually uncontested control of rebel groups for years – Idlib.

Since today morning, the Syrian Army’s 4th Mechanised Division and 11th Armoured Division – attacking out of northeastern Hama province – have rolled all the way up to and beyond the administrative borders with Idlib, entering the region from the southeast.

Among the many settlements that have been liberated during the course of the day are Um Tureka, Rajm Ahmar, Zafryah, Alhwya and Shateeb.

Furthermore, army forces are on the verge of capturing the towns of Ruwydah and Mushrafa, indicating that a definitive push to retake the Abu Dali (recently lost by pro-government fighters to Al-Qaeda-linked militants) may be in the making.

As of the present time, the Syrian Army has established a solid foothold in southeastern Idlib and, holding the strategic initiative, is positioning itself to strike deeper into the province.

According to Al-Masdar News journalist Ibrahim Joudeh, the past 72 hours in this sector of the front has witnessed the Russian Aerospace Forces conduct over two hundred airstrikes against militant positions, movements and gatherings, causing massive damage to rebel defenses.

Despite the steadfastness of army advances in the area, it has become apparent that the elite Tiger Forces will not used exploit the current gains. Instead the elite division is positioning itself further to the northeast, where it will strike towards Idlib from an highly unexpected axis.

ALSO READ  Syrian Army scores big advance in northwestern Hama, 5 towns captured
Advertisements
Share this article:
  • 428
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    429
    Shares

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.