The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – has begun their assault on the Al-Rastan Plains in northern Homs, striking the Islamist rebels from Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army with a multitude of mortar shells and rockets from their positions in Jaboureen and Kafr Na’an.

While the Syrian Armed Forces shell the Islamist rebels, the Russian Air Force has continued their aerial campaign that is concentrated on the Al-Qaeda controlled cities of Al-Rastan and Talbieseh; this aerial campaign has intensified on Sunday morning, as the Russian Air Force has struck the Islamist rebels with a half dozen airstrikes already.

Playing an integral role in this offensive, the Russian Air Force’s primary objective is to weaken the Jabhat Al-Nusra defenses in Talbieseh and Al-Rastan; this is one of the reasons why the Russian Air Force has continued to bombard this Al-Qaeda controlled area with repeated airstrikes, while their allies from the Syrian Armed Forces prepare for their large scale assault.

The northern Homs offensive is an imperative military endeavor for the Syrian Armed Forces due to the fact that the Al-Rastan Plains are located just south of the Hama Military Airport and the provincial capital of the Homs Governorate.

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Bojan Lakovic
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Bojan Lakovic

Yes, go ahead SAA

Piotr Berman
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Piotr Berman

I think, strategically it is more important that this is the largest rebel enclave in the main territory controlled by the government, it blocks two out of three roads from Homs to Hama, including the main one, plus, by being so sprawling, it ties up a lot of forces. Before launching effective large offensives, the government must free forces tied up by several enclaves and this being the largest, it is a logical start.

Carlos Almeida
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Carlos Almeida

RUSSIA E SSA !