BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies are awaiting the green light from their high command and the Russian military in order to begin their long-awaited Idlib operation, a military officer told Al-Masdar News from the city of Mhardeh in northern Hama.
Speaking to Al-Masdar on the condition of anonymity, the Syrian Army officer said that their forces continue to grow bigger by the day as thousands of soldiers make their way to the Hama and Idlib governorate of northwestern Syria.
The officer continued that the Russian government is currently in talks with the Turkish regime to allow the Syrian military to retake the areas currently under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham around the agreed upon demilitarized zone.
However, he added that the Turkish regime is attempting to block the operation by insisting that their allied rebel forces will expel Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.
The main obstacle for this operation will be to get the Turkish military to remove their observation posts from the front-lines in Hama, Idlib, and Aleppo.
Turkey has previously refused to remove their observation posts in northwest Syria and instead, proposed a demilitarized zone that their rebels have failed to withdraw from.