When the Islamist rebels from Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) captured the strategic town of Morek earlier this month, panic struck the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command: “how could we lost this town so quickly?”
Given its importance and the fact that it took the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Mhardeh almost 9 months to recapture Morek from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”; this was a legitimate question that begged a thorough explanation.
Ultimately, several factors played into the loss of Morek in the northern Hama countryside, including the massive assault by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) on the Khanasser-Ithriyah Highway; however, regardless of the excuses, the town was still gone and needed to be recaptured.
Of course, this is easier said than done, but the Syrian Armed Forces have to recover Morek and they have to recapture the villages located north of Al-Sqaylabiyah; this is where the Syrian Arab Army’s “Cheetah Forces” (Tiger Forces branch) comes in to play.
Following their successful military operation to liberate the soldiers besieged at the Kuweires Military Airport, the Cheetah Forces and their commander – Colonel Shady Isma’eel – arrived to the northern Hama just 12 hours after lifting the siege.
Now, the Cheetah Forces and their allies from the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah are preparing to strike back against the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh at several sites in northern Hama, while the Russian Air Force takes over the aerial operations above this province.
The offensive is expected to begin in the coming weeks; however, a military source stated that it could begin as early as this week – it appears to be contingent on a number of factors, including weather and the military movements of the Islamist rebels.