On August 10, a large convoy of the Tiger Forces, carrying hundreds of fighters and loads of heavy weapons, arrived in the government-held area in the northern Hama countryside, according to the Syrian pro-government outlet Muraselon.
The pro-government news outlet said that the Tiger Forces will soon launch a military operation against the militants in the region. The upcoming operation will likely be aimed at capturing the remaining positions of the militants in the northern and northwestern Hama countryside.
Two days ago, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the SAA deployed several units and heavy weapons in the northern Lattakia countryside and the northwestern Hama countryside. This means that the upcoming operation will not be limited to the central governorate of Hama.
Since the beginning of this year, militants of radical groups like Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Horas al-Din and the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) launched several attacks on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from their positions in Hama and Lattakia. The militants also attempted to attack Hmeimim airbase with rockets and armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on several occasions.
Some opposition activists believe that the Turkish observation posts in Hama, which were established earlier this year, will prevent the SAA and its allies from launching any military operation. However, others warned that Turkey would not intervene against the SAA, which is backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces.