BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Key formations of the Syrian Arab Army – many of them elite outfits – are gathering strength on the front-lines of northern Hama and western Aleppo in preparation for a massive operation to lift the siege on two key Shi’ite villages deep inside rebel-held Idlib Governorate.

According to reports, most of the Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces detachments, under the direct supervision of their top commander Suheil al-Hassan, have arrived in northern Hama Governorate.

At the same time, other first-rate Syrian Army formations (not specified) have arrived on the western Aleppo frontier.

The general understanding is that the Syrian Army will conduct a multi-prong offensive via both fronts with forces in the northern Hama attempting to reach the strategic town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib Governorate and those in western Aleppo advancing to lift the siege on two key Shi’ite towns – Fouaa and Kafriyah – located in central Idlib, just north of the provincial capital.

With the Syrian Army still rushing reinforcements to both Hama and Aleppo, the actual date for the commencement of this ambitious offensive against armed militant groups in Idlib is still not clear.

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Deo Cass
2017-09-26 14:33

What a dumb nonsensical untimely decision! When all Russian and Syrian military assets are desperately needed on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates river to save Syria from extinction, the Russian milltay decides to open another front on Idleb which is much less valuable and essential for the Syrian state’s survival. In other words the Russian military fell to the US trap to distract the Syrian government troops from reclaiming their land and natural resources on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates river, to waste much of their troop resources instead on Idleb.

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2017-09-26 15:29

Lift the siege on two key Shi’ite villages deep inside rebel-held Idlib Governorate means it is very clear that the Sunni mad men have surrounded this village and God knows how the Shias have so far survived. End of the day if one were to look at this 6 year old war it is very clear Shia Sunni war. Day in and day out Sunnis kept killing the Shias. Finally Shias got together and turned around & sent the Sunnis to h**l to get their 72 rotten houris. Minority Sunni’s were forced by the vested countries who were tirelessly working… Read more »

2017-09-27 00:21

I can’t understand, why didn’t you finished ISIS first? To whom you left the biggest oil fields of Syria in the Deir ez-Zor governorate?

2017-09-26 14:30

“Elite” ? What does that mean? They don’t wear flip-flops?