BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The month of February saw little movement on the field battle, but an increase in violence across the northwestern region of Syria.
With increased tensions around the Idlib front, both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Islamist rebels have stepped up their attacks near the demilitarized zone that was established on September 17th in Sochi, Russia.
As mentioned above, northwestern Syria has experienced an increase in violence in the month of February, as the situation continues to fall apart along the Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Idlib fronts.
Most of the violence in northwestern Syria has been reported at the Hama-Idlib axis, which is where the Syrian Arab Army has the highest concentration of soldiers in Syria.
In particular, the Syrian Arab Army and Jaysh Al-Izza have traded heavy attacks near the towns of Al-Latamnah and Mhardeh on a daily basis.
These attacks in northern Hama have resulted in the death of several civilians and the destruction of many buildings and homes in this area.
The likelihood that this violence will dissipate in the month of March is very slim, as the hostilities have gradually increased each week.
Unlike northwestern Syria, the eastern part of the country has witnessed territorial changes and the near elimination of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist group from the Euphrates River Valley region.
Led by their Deir Ezzor Military Council, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have managed to capture almost all of the territories occupied by the Islamic State.
As a result of these territorial gains by the SDF, the Islamic State now finds themselves confined to nearly 700 square meters of ground near the town of Baghouz.
With ISIS nearly wiped out from the Euphrates River Valley by the SDF, the Syrian Arab Army has begun a new operation to clear the terrorist group from their large pocket in the Badiya Al-Sham region that is located between the Deir Ezzor and Homs governorates.
According to a military source near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur), the Syrian Arab Army has been begun combing operations that are targeting suspected ISIS hideouts in the Badiya Al-Sham region.
Thus far, the Syrian Arab Army has had limited success, but this operation is expected to intensify in the coming days as reinforcements arrive.