Over the past 4 days inside the Hama Governorate’s southeastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 47th and 67th Brigades of the 11th Tank Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Hama City and Al-Salamiyah – have captured 11 villages that were under the control of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham; this military achievement resulted in the reopening of the Hama-Salamiyah Road.
Reopening the Hama-Salamiyah Road was great for the Syrian Armed Forces, especially because it links two of the largest cities in central Syria; however, it also revealed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) true intentions.
The latest southeastern Hama offensive may have come as a surprise to many of us, including the Islamists; however, according to a military source from the Syrian Arab Army, this offensive was reportedly planned for several months by the Central Command and their Russian military advisors.
In reality, this is not really a “southeastern Hama offensive”; it is a continuation of the northern Homs offensive that was geared to clear the territory controlled by the Islamist rebels in the Al-Rastan Plains.
Were we really duped? Not entirely. It only confirms the Syrian Arab Army’s usage of the latest military tactic that was devised by the Russian military advisors in Syria.
Similar to both the northern Latakia and eastern Aleppo fronts, the northern Homs offensive is part of this new military tactic to continuously shift axes in order to keep the enemy forces discombobulated.
For example, in northern Latakia, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard constantly switches which axes they are going to attack next; this has worked out to their advantage, as they might advance in Jabal Al-Turkmen one day and the next day, they will attack Jabal Al-Akrad.
Ultimately, this military tactic used the “element of surprise” in order to boost the overall effectiveness of the Syrian Armed Forces attacking the Islamists around the country.