The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards elite “Quds Brigade” – Major General Qassim Suleimani – reportedly arrived to Syria earlier this week to inspect his soldiers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah.
Major General Suleimani’s visit to Syria comes three days after the death of a high ranking Iranian Army commander – Hussein Al-Hamedani – who was killed while traveling along the Syrian Government’s main highway to the Aleppo Governorate.
While Major General Suleimani’s location was not revealed; it is believed that he visited his soldiers stationed inside Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains), which is located in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside.
According to field reports and first-hand sources inside the Latakia Governorate, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is heavily concentrated along Jabal Al-Akrad’s southern hills; primarily, inside the towns of Aramo, Slunfeh, and Al-Haffa.
The town of Slunfeh sits on top of the Kurdish Mountains and less than 30km from the Syrian Government stronghold of Joureen in the Hama Governorate; it is also the location of the Syrian Arab Army’s Special Forces base – the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have replaced them inside the town.
The purpose of Major General Suleimani’s visit was likely due to the most recent offensives launched around northern Syria; specifically, inside the Kurdish Mountains and the Al-Ghaab Plains of the Hama Governorate.