BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – Several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed on Friday when the jihadist rebels carried out two powerful missile strikes on their positions along the Hama-Idlib axis.
According to a report from northwest Syria, the jihadist rebels scored two direct hits on two Syrian Arab Army vehicles that were traveling south of the key town of Qal’at Al-Madiq.
The Syrian Arab Army has since responded to these missile strikes by launching a number of airstrikes over the area between Qal’at Al-Madiq and Kafr Nabl.
A source from the Syrian Arab Army told Al-Masdar earlier this week that their troops were preparing to launch a wide-scale assault on the jihadist positions along the demilitarized zone.
Since then, the Syrian Arab Army has amassed several units, including the Tiger Forces and Republican Guard, to the Hama-Idlib axis as they prepare to launch their new offensive.
The jihadist rebels have also received a major boost in numbers when the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front sent their forces to the front-lines in the Hama Governorate.
This upcoming offensive is expected to be the largest battle of the year, with thousands of combatants on both sides preparing to participate.