BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to launch a new offensive in northwest Syria after a successful campaign in the southern provinces of Al-Quneitra and Daraa, a military source told Al-Masdar News this evening.

According to the military source, the elite Tiger Forces will head towards the Idlib Governorate axis in the next few weeks, claiming that they will concentrate on retaking the Al-Ghaab Plain and Jisr Al-Shughour District.

The source added that the Tiger Forces will move towards the Idlib Governorate once they have fully defeated the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Yarmouk Basin region of southwest Daraa.

At the same time, the Syrian Republican Guard and 4th Armored Division will be heading to the Jabal Turkmen and Jabal Al-Akrad regions in northern Latakia.

The Republican Guard and 4th Division will be tasked with retaking these aforementioned regions in northern Latakia, while also securing the Turkish border.

These offensives will arguably be the most difficult battles this year for the Syrian Army, as the jihadist rebels in this region of Idlib and Latakia are well-armed and well-trained.

Furthermore, the jihadist rebels in southwest Idlib and northern Latakia have a large number of foreign combatants, which will make these battles all the more important for the Russian and Syrian forces.

Perhaps the Syrian Army’s largest obstacle during this offensive will be the Turkish military, who has setup observation posts in this region of northwest Syria.

The Turkish military’s observation posts have often blocked the Syrian Army from advancing towards the jihadist-held areas, while also proving to be launching points for hard-line groups like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party.

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The jihadist rebels in this region have also launched several attacks with their armed drones on the Russian military’s Hmeymim Airbase in southwest Latakia.

For the Russian military, this offensive will be incredibly important because it will secure their largest installation inside Syria.

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2018-07-24 06:16

Yes this is another good opportunity to use missiles and bombers from the Caspian, Iran, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Northern Iraq.

concerned american
concerned american
2018-07-24 08:11
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And massive numbers of Russian, Chinese, and Iranian troops on the ground in Syria !!

2018-07-24 05:35

La ofensiva debe ser toda la frontera Turca hasta alcanzar Jarabulus en norte de Alepo, aquí tiene que demostrar el liderazgo de Putin enviando la fuerza aérea Rusa.

2018-07-24 06:09

I think, we all hope that Russia aerospace force to give a VERY VERY strong support and protection of ground troops during this battle. Russia aerospace fore have been the main key of the success of ground troops.

concerned american
concerned american
2018-07-24 08:09

The courageous Syrian Army and Russia military must cleanse every square inch of Syria of Islamic terrorists who have been armed and funded by Obama, Hillary, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

The entire north of Syria and the entire east of Syria must be completely cleaned and liberated using massive numbers of Russian, Chinese, and Iranian troops on the ground !!!

2018-07-25 18:14

First the SAA should liberate the patch of desert held by the rebels in southern Homs governate and liberate the pocket of area held by daesh in between the government controlled areas and the SDF controlled areas in Deir ez-Zor governate, THEN launch an operation to lliberate Idlib province.

2018-07-25 18:30

The end of Russia and Assad is near. When the SAA launch their operation to capture Idlib governate, the SAA will face huge losses and HTS will burst out of Idlib governate and capture large parts of Syria in a blitzkrieg. Russia will then invade Syria as a result, get bogged down in Syria, face huge losses, get defeated in Syria, run away from Syria in humiliation with it’s tail in between it’s legs, and then collapse as a result. The Al Qaeda backed HTS will then capture the whole of Syria, bring Assad to justice, invade and capture the… Read more »