According to a senior military officer in Latakia, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” (elite special operations division) has reportedly arrived to the northern Hama front after spending 45 days in southeast Aleppo, where they helped lift the 35 month long siege imposed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) at the Kuweries Military Airport.
Just 24 hours after liberating the Kuweries Military Airport, the Tiger Forces’ elite “Cheetah Forces Team 6” and several other platoons began the arduous journey across the recently reopened Khanasser-Ithriyah Highway in order to assist their embattled comrades from the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade and 47 Regiment of the 11th Tank Division at the northern Hama front.
Upon their arrival to the northern Hama front, the Tiger Forces will be tasked with the duty to forestall the Islamist rebel advance and to help the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade and 47th Regiment recapture the territory captured by the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jund Al-Aqsa” in the Morek countryside these last two weeks.
The Tiger Forces are no stranger to the Hama Governorate; in fact, they were deployed to the northern Hama front in the summer of 2014 after Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda faction) and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a massive offensive to capture the provincial capital and the strategic Christian city of Mhardeh.
Luckily, they arrived just in time to help obstruct the Islamist rebel forces from advancing towards the provincial capital; this was followed by a counter-offensive to recapture the strategic towns of Souran, Halfaya, Taybat Al-Imam, and Ma’an – they were already deployed to east Homs when Morek was captured a few months later.
Not much detail was given in regards to their whereabouts; however, Al-Masdar News was informed that the Tiger Forces commander – Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan – arrived to northern Hama last night.