BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:51 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitary groups have seized a key crossroad town from Islamic State militants in Hama province’s northeastern countryside amid what is now a clearly escalating government offensive against the terrorist group throughout the region.
In the last hour, military-affiliated sources confirmed that pro-government forces seized the crossroad town of Judaydah from ISIS in a joint operation launched by units of of the Syrian Arab Army, the Qalamoun Shield Forces and Military Intelligence Shield Force.
The capture of Judaydah and other towns and villages during recent days makes it clear that Syrian army-led forces are now committing to an operation to eradicate ISIS in the country’s northwest.
Furthermore, it appears more and more likely that reports of the Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces Division being deployed to northeast Hama to fight ISIS are true. Given the veteran formation’s combat record, their participation in the anti-ISIS operation might help see the offensive through to completion in just a matter of weeks.