BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – A large convoy of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reinforcements left Damascus this weekend for the coastal province of Latakia as they prepare to take part in the upcoming Kabani offensive.

According to a military source in Damascus, several units from the 4th Armored Division and Syrian Republican Guard made their way to the southern slope of the Zuwayqat Mountain on Saturday.

These reinforcements will be tasked with helping the 42nd Brigade of the 4th Armored Division capture the strategic mountaintop town of Kabani, which is the last major stronghold of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party in northeastern Latakia.

Kabani, which is located on the highest peak in the Zuwayqat Mountain, overlooks much of the Al-Ghaab Plain and the nearby city of Jisr Al-Shughour. If they want to push to Jisr Al-Shughour, they will need to capture Kabani and its corresponding hilltops.

On Saturday, the Syrian Air Force unleashed a massive attack on the Zuwayqat Mountain that lasted for several hours; this assault was considered the prelude to the upcoming offensive.

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Christopher7
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These forces and more should have been the before the attack began. Many lives have been wasted because the high command tried to “do it on the cheap” when it came to the number of troops.

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Karel Vd Geest

Meanwhile, the islamists have also received reinforcements. And many TOWS and ATGM’s, which may prove crucial. Still, SAA should be able to slowly gain ground. It will be costly though.

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Karel Vd Geest

Seems the numbers weren’t there from the beginning. The aim never was to take out HTS. Just to push it back.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

It looks like Russia will stop any SAA offensive on Idlib with the new Russia-Turkey agreement of ceasefire. Really bad news for SAA and all ground troops.