BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – Elite forces of the Syrian Arab Army continue to scythe through the southeastern countryside of Idlib province, capturing their forth town since renewing their offensive today (Tuesday).

About an hour ago, military-affiliated sources confirmed the liberation of yet another two towns – after Al-Hawa and Ard az-Zurzur – from the control of militant groups in southeast Idlib by the Syrian Arab Army’s elite Tiger Forces Division.

The towns in question have been identified as Umm Khalakhil and Niha and in addition to the two other settlements captured earlier in the day represent, in total, the four towns in twelve hours.

At this point it is absolutely clear that the Syrian Arab Army has changed the operational direction of its offensive in Idlib, now swinging northeast of the crossroad town of Khuwayn (liberated two days ago) instead of west towards the jihadist stronghold of Khan Sheikhoun as was so anticipated by many analysts monitoring military developments in Syria.

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