While the world is following the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) advances in eastern Aleppo, private sources have reported about the large build-up soldiers and logistical supplies in preparation for the Idlib offensive.

Sources report that between 25,000-30,000 soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army, Hezbollah, and Iranian forces are preparing for a major operation in the Idlib countryside that is expected to last for at least three months.

The operation will be launched from several axes, including the Jisr Al-Shughour front located at the western part of the Idlib Governorate.

The Syrian Arab Army will focus on Jabal Al-Zawiyah and Jisr Al-Shughour, while the Iranians and Hezbollah attempt to lift the siege on Kafraya and Al-Fou’aa.

Preliminary estimates expect the Syrian Arab Army to face off against forces from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham; they are currently fighting one another in Idlib.

Sources also indicate that the jihadists are at their weakest point inside Idlib, since many fighters were transferred from this province to northern Aleppo.

Although logistical preparations are in the process of completion, the battle is not likely to start for quite some time due to a possible attack by the Syrian Arab Army in northwestern Aleppo.

Without securing the northwestern part of Aleppo, the provincial capital will remain in danger of sporadic attacks by the jihadists.

On the political side, Turkey will not be happy about this operation, but there is little they can do because of the Russian military’s presence with the Syrian Army.

Turkey will likely accelerate the construction of their border fence and help transfer jihadist fighters from northern Aleppo to the Idlib front, but this is the extent of their participation in the battle itself.

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Restoring the Syrian Army’s control over the Idlib Governorate is paramount in defeating Al-Qaeda, as it is their headquarters inside Syria and their life-line in this war.

Ali Khalifeh is a Syrian journalist based in Tartous. You can follow him on Twitter @WithinSyriaBlog

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Well, the article is well written but I don’t beleive in what the author said, that the battle of Idlib will be soon. It is not the priority

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I agree. sure various militants in their greater Idlib stronghold lost some fighters during infighting, airstrikes and some were moved to northern aleppo to fight alongside turkish army, however they had no problem recruiting some more since due to the border wall with turkey civilians cant explain , almost all are unemployed and the only lifeline to get some food or money is to join the terrorists. therefore it would make sense that in the greater idlib there’s more fighters than 25-30k according to article planned to be deployed to fight them. Hayyat Tahrir Al-Sham on its own has that… Read more »
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May I suggest that SAA forces concentrate first on sealing Idlib’s border with Turkey to create an isolated pocket?

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it is impossible to seal the boreder with idlib for start. bcuz turkey will support those jihadist to pin down SAA. so it has to start from south and wetern part of idlib bcuz SAA want this jihadist to go back tueky and create havoc. if border is close by SAA it will help turkey and that SAA doent want .

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They won’t wreck havoc : AKP=M.Brotherhood=Qaeda…
IS is more likely to wreck havoc in Turkey since Zarqawi split from Zawahiri/OBL so they are free electrons and, when the subject becomes object, it has no purpose for the puppet master that’s why, as soon they became irrelevant as useful idiots, Qaedans began to fight ’em.

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It would be folly right now. First they should finish expelling ISIS from Aleppo at least up until the Jirah airbase, so there isn’t a long border to defend from the inevitable ISIS counter-attack. Then they need to do 2 really important things: fully capture Eastern Ghouta, freeing up thousands of soldiers, and secure the country’s oil supply (and avert a huge humanitarian disaster) by capturing the huge territory between Eastern Homs and Deir Ezzor from ISIS. You need oil and a good economy to fight a war… only then might it make sense to attack Idlib (and even then,… Read more »
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Para que no suceda igual que Jarabulus, Al-Bab, prioridad para el ejercito Sirio debe ser cerrar la frontera con Turquía en Latakia e Idlib para aislar el apoyo de Erdogan a sus mercenarios y por último amplia zona de amortiguamiento en Alepo Oeste.

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I can only hope this is not SENSITIVE INFORMATION that now given out here …could serve the purpose of aiding and abetting those opposing the Assad govt. Websites must be careful NOT to divulge that which the Syrian govt. would not want to be leaked.

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“they are currently fighting one another in Idlib.” what is the hurry then? let them cut each other down to reduce there numbers before you go in

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