BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Preliminary reports that an elite formation of the Syrian Arab Army spearheading the current anti-insurgency operation in Idlib is preparing to disengage for assignment to another front have turned out to be true.
It can now be confirmed that key assault units of the elite Tiger Forces Division which have so far led the Syrian Army’s eastern Idlib offensive against armed rebel groups are to soon end their operation in the region and depart to another front.
What does remain unknown is which front these vanguard forces of the Syrian Army are to be deployed next. There exists a strong consensus among early reports that the Tiger Forces will conduct its upcoming operation against Islamic State militants in northeast Hama.
Excluding the achievements of Republican Guard and Hezbollah forces in the Al-Hass plateau region of south Aleppo, the separate operation of the Tiger Forces across the Syria’s rebel-held northwest during the last six weeks has seen the formation capture some 200 towns and villages from militant groups as well as reclaim the long-lost Abu Duhur military airport.