BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – With the battle for southwest Syria finished, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is now shifting their attention to the northwestern part of the country.
In particular, the Syrian Arab Army is gearing up for two major battles in northwest Syria, with both concentrating on sealing off the Latakia Governorate from the jihadist rebels.
The first major attack will focus on the Jabal Al-Akrad and Jabal Turkmen regions of northern Latakia that are partially controlled by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and several jihadist faction.
Unlike their previous battles in this part of province, this offensive will not stop until the Syrian Arab Army fully seals off the Latakia-Turkey border.
The northeastern border of the Latakia Governorate has long been a major entry zone for the jihadist rebels from Turkey.
If they can seal off the Latakia-Turkey border, they will be in prime position to attack the jihadist stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour.
While the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division focuses on northern Latakia, the Tiger Forces will be tasked with retaking the entire northern portion of the Al-Ghaab Plain.
Due to its proximity to Jisr Al-Shughour, the Al-Ghaab Plain will need to be retaken before the Syrian Arab Army can make their push into this strategic city.
The Al-Ghaab Plain is currently controlled by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army, the Turkestan Workers Party, and Jabhat Tahrir Souriya.
The last part of the Syrian Army’s offensive will focus on capturing the jihadist stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour, which is located close to the Turkish border.
Jisr Al-Shughour was captured by Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham in May of 2015; it has since become a major hub for the jihadist groups in northwestern Syria.
The city is also where the jihadist rebels launch most of their missiles into Latakia from, which is another reason why the Syrian Army’s High Command and Russian military want it recaptured.