BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the Hama, Idlib, and Latakia governorates have assembled a massive force in response to the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) large-scale military buildup in these provinces, a source in northeast Latakia told Al-Masdar News tonight.
According to the military source, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), et al. have mobilized thousands of fighters in northwest Syria to defend their areas from the Syrian Arab Army and their allies.
In particular, the source said that jihadist rebels have mobilized a massive force inside the Al-Ghaab Plain region and the northern countryside the Hama Governorate, which is reminiscent of Jaysh Al-Fateh’s numbers during their Idlib offensive in the Spring of 2015.
These aforementioned areas in the Hama and Idlib governorates are expected to be the first targets of the Syrian Arab Army’s upcoming offensive in northwestern Syria.
The source added that the Turkestan Islamic Party and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham have dug a large network of trenches that stretch for a long distance in the Idlib and Hama governorates.