BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to launch a major offensive in the northwestern region of Syria in the next two weeks, a military source told Al-Masdar News on Sunday.
According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces and their allies are preparing to clear the 20-kilometer-deep demilitarized zone that stretches across the Idlib, Hama, Aleppo, and Latakia governorates.
Initially, the source said the Syrian Army was targeting the northern countryside of Hama and nearby Al-Ghaab Plain.
However, the source has since informed Al-Masdar that the Syrian Arab Army is preparing to mount an offensive at the key town of Saraqib, which is located just south of the Aleppo Governorate border.
Saraqib has long been a stronghold for the rebel forces in northeastern Idlib; its location along the Idlib-Aleppo Highway has made it an integral launching point for past Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham offensives.
As stated above, the elite Tiger Forces, alongside the Russian Air Force, will lead the offensive in northern Hama and the Al-Ghaab Plain, but it appears that if the Saraqib front is opened, the Syrian military will likely use their 4th Armored Division and Republican Guard units.