BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 A.M.) – Following the Syrian Arab Army’s seizure of the small city of Abu Duhur on Monday, assault troops are now eyeing out another key city – this one much larger – as they gear-up for the new phase of their greater Idlib offensive.
The cross-road city of Saraqib in eastern Idlib province is now in the cross-hairs of the Syrian Army following the taking of Abu Duhur.
All developments on the battlefield in the last several days indicate that Syrian troops, many of which belong to elite formations such as the Tiger Forces Division, plan to march on Saraqib.
This is particularly true when considering the unprecedented bombardment of militant positions, gathering and movements that Syrian warplanes carried out in and near the city on Sunday – clearly done as a preliminary move to soften up rebel defenses around it.
Although Idlb province is known for being a mountainous region, there does exist a flat-land corridor running along the axis from Abu Duhur to Saraqib to the city of Idlib that is several dozen kilometers wide which highly favors the application of a mechanized assault.