BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – Forces of the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitaries have entered into the province of Idlib in northwest Syria following a powerful offensive sweep that begun earlier today.
Moments ago, reports came in that Syrian pro-government forces – led by the Syrian Army and supported by Russian airpower – entered the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib via Hama capturing the settlement of Balil as well as the nearby hilltop of Tal Balil from rebel militias in the process.
Aside from mustering powerful forces on the ground, the Syrian Army’s advance has been propelled by the Russian Aerospace Forces which has delivered an unprecedented number of airstrikes against rebel militias operating in the region over the last two days inlficting painful losses their ranks.
The full scope of Syrian Army’s offensive on the Balil axis is not yet clear, but many analysts believe that one of the most immediate objective will be to re-secure the trading town of Abu Dali.
At the same time, Syrian pro-government forces operating further to the east continue to make advances towards the Abu Duhur airbase and the strategic town of Rahjan.