It did not take long for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to shift their attention to the Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains) and Al-Ghaab Plains front, as several vehicles filled with soldiers from the National Defense Forces (NDF) have reportedly arrived to the government stronghold of Joureen on the border of the Hama and Latakia governorates.
According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside, a convoy of around 400 soldiers from Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) arrived to Joureen last night – they are expected to be transferred to the Al-Sirmaniyah front, where the Syrian Arab Army is currently stationed.
The town of Al-Sirmaniyah is located just south of the Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour; this aforementioned city is located in the Idlib Governorate’s northwestern countryside.
Al-Sirmaniyah is the key to Jisr Al-Shughour; if captured, the Syrian Arab Army could ultimately link-up with their forces from Jabal Al-Akrad in order to strike this jihadist stronghold from two different flanks (west and north).
However, this will not be an easy battle, as the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh are located all over the Al-Ghaab Plains; specifically, in the northern part that leads to Jisr Al-Shughour and the Latakia-Aleppo Highway (M-4 Highway).