BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – Leaders of the so-called Syrian opposition from southern Idlib Governorate say that they will support a new offensive by rebel militias against forces the “regime” in the region.
Today, the Khan Sheikhoun Local Council has released a document, signed by relevant leaders, formally rejecting the Astana peace talks and saying that it will support a new militant offensive against the Syrian Army in Hama Governorate.
The pledge of support comes at a time when all of the remaining offensive potential of armed rebel groups in northwest Syria has been effectively destroyed.
About one week ago, the Syrian Arab Army and the Russian Aerospace Forces stopped an Al-Qaeda-led offensive in northern Hama dead in its tracks, killing hundreds of jihadists and destroying dozens of tanks, trucks and artillery assets belonging to the terrorist group.
In the days that have followed, Russian and Syrian airpower has been launching round-the-clock strikes throughout northern Hama and southern Idlib Governorates, destroying militant logistical centers and bases as well as suppressing all rebel convoy movements throughout these regions.
Furthermore, elite Syrian Army forces also launched a limited counterattack two days ago, seizing two towns from militants and demonstrating with which alliance group the strategic initiative lay.
In any case, the Syrian opposition nonetheless considers it worth supporting a new rebel offensive against the Syrian Army in northern Hama despite the fact that anti-government militias in the region have virtually no strategic initiative, no heavy weapons, no elite shock troops and no freedom of movement behind their own lines.
Below is a picture of the statement released by the Khan Sheikhoun Local Council.