BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is on the verge of entering the strategic city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man after making a large-scale advance in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

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Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division, the Syrian Arab Army resumed their offensive on Saturday afternoon following the capture of several towns and villages southeast of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man.

According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division managed to capture the towns of Tal Manis and Ma’ar Shamshah, which are the last points before Ma’arat Al-Nu’man.

As a result of this advance, the Syrian Arab Army is now at the southeastern outskirts of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, marking the first time since 2014 that they have approached the city and the Wadi Al-Deif Base.

The Syrian Arab Army lost Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in 2012, but they lost Wadi Al-Deif after a large-scale offensive by Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

If the Syrian Army does capture Wadi Al-Deif and Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, they will be in control of another major point along the Idlib-Hama Highway.

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