On Monday, the Russian Air Force was sidelined for the first time in six days at the northern Homs front, as their allies from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) clouded the skies above this area in western Syria with a number of flights of their own inside the targeted cities of Talbieseh and Al-Rastan.
However, the Syrian Air Force was not launching any airstrikes over the Al-Rastan Plains; instead, their fighter jets circled this area of northern Homs to drop hundreds of leaflets to the remaining civilians living inside Talbieseh and Al-Rastan in order to notify them of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) pending full-scale offensive.
The Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are fully aware of this coming offensive; in fact, if anything, this offensive was long overdue for the Syrian Arab Army and the National Defense Forces (NDF).
Despite having this entire rural area encircled for the last year and a half, the Syrian Armed Forces have been the ones under attack by the Islamist rebel factions of Jabhata Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army inside the Al-Rastan Plains; this eventually changed after the Islamist rebels failed to capture Kafr Na’an and Jaboureen during their last offensive.
With the Russian Air Force policing the skies above northern Homs, the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces have moved in position to launch this long anticipated offensive in the coming days.
There has been no confirmation regarding the official start date; however, it is likely to begin within the next ten days.