BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has waited nearly nine months to restart their military operations in southern Aleppo after they were ordered by the Russian military to adhere to the nationwide ceasefire with the Syrian opposition.
Since the cessation of their military operations in southern Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies from Hezbollah and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary) have been the recipients of several attacks from the jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest); this has forced them at times to halt other operations in order to forestall these assaults.
Now, with the entire eastern pocket of Aleppo cleared of the jihadist rebels, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah will shift their attention to the southern countryside of the province, where the hope to reach the Idlib Governorate border in the new year.
Hezbollah and Harakat Al-Nujaba have already moved a large number of soldiers to this front in preparation for the assault; however, the Syrian Armed Forces have not yet committed the necessary forces to launch this offensive.
The delay in the Syrian Arab Army’s deployment is due to the fact it took nearly two weeks to transfer the remaining jihadists from east Aleppo to the Idlib Governorate border.
In the coming weeks, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies should begin this important military operation, which will tackle one of the most important fronts for the jihadist rebels.