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.

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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.

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Stern Daler

Deep Battle strategy rolls after taking the fortifications – like against IS long ago. Go tigers go.

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Hayton

“the militant offensive in east Idlib will matter very little”. I’m not so sure. The SAA is having some success in the south, but they’re a long way from the border crossings and while those are open the Turkish army can flood Idlib with troops and armour. What’s worse is that those Turkish forces already in Idlib are starting to be used in the fighting for Saraqeb. The latest I hear is that they are on the outskirts there and the M5 has been cut; retaking that lost ground is not going to be easy. The current SAA offensive towards… Read more »

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Andrew

Viva Assad.

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Nestor Arapa

Excelente noticia, pero insisto la prioridad debió ser el norte de Idlib para cortar suministros que envía Turquía a los terroristas, aunque ahora último entrega de manera directa..

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Huhu, Serious strategic blunder from Turkey… That’s what happens when you fire lots of competent officers. 🙂