BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) entered southwestern Idlib during the first week of June after they managed to break through the jihadist lines north of Kafr Naboudeh.
Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army decided to push north from Kafr Naboudeh in early June, which caught the jihadist rebels off guard as they expected the military to push east towards Al-Hobeit.
The Syrian Army swiftly advanced north of Kafr Naboudeh, seizing a number of towns from the jihadist rebels.
Among the towns captured was Qasabiyah, which is the first town at the southwestern slope of the Al-Zawiya Mountains and the first town in southwestern Idlib.
In the video below, the Anna News Agency shows the Syrian Army’s advance into southwestern Idlib after a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.
The last time the Syrian Army had a presence in southwestern Idlib was in 2014; however, a large-scale offensive by Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army forced the military to retreat from the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man countryside to northwestern Hama.