BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The Turkish military made a major gamble this week when they backed another big offensive in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.
Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the National Liberation Forces (NLF), the militants concentrated most of their troops at the Nayrab axis in eastern Idlib, as they attempted to advance towards the key city of Saraqib.
While achieving some success at the east Idlib axis, the militants left the southern flank of the strategic Jabal Al-Zawiya region completely exposed to a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attack on Tuesday.
As a result, the Syrian Arab Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces) were able to take control of large parts of the Jabal Al-Zawiya region, including the towns of Kafr Nabl and Hass.
Making matters worse for the militants, the Syrian Arab Army appears to be making a large-scale push north towards the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4) from their positions at the southern slope of Jabal Al-Zawiya.
Should the Syrian Army succeed in reaching the Idlib part of the Aleppo-Latakia Highway, the militant offensive in east Idlib will matter very little, as the latter will have lost the entire Jabal Al-Zawiya region.