The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade (commandos) of the Republican Guard and their allies are quickly approaching the Idlib Governorate’s border with Latakia; and with this rapid progress, the government forces could find themselves at the gates of Jisr Al-Shughour within weeks.
However, in order to reach this rebel stronghold in northwestern Idlib, the Syrian Armed Forces will have to capture the remaining heights overlooking the Al-Ghaab Plains from its western countryside; something, they have been unable to do after losing entire province to Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest).
Following the capture of Kinsibba last week, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade has been steadily advancing along the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4 Highway) that ultimately leads to Jisr Al-Shughour; but, without the Heights of Kabani, the government forces will be at the mercy of the Jaysh Al-Fateh militants above the city.
Over the last 72 hours, the Syrian Armed Forces have been transferring soldiers to the Kabani front, where they are likely to launch an assault in the coming days.
Sources from the Syrian Army have confirmed the recent approach by government forces to seize these imperative heights, which will eventually break the last line of defense for the Jaysh Al-Fateh militants in Idlib.
If the Heights of Kabani are captured by the government forces, then they will be in position to strike Al-Sirmaniyah and then Jisr Al-Shughour.