After the liberation of Rasm al-Ward, Istablat, Soruj and Ajaz, the Syrian Army and its allies retook all the villages that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical groups captured in the framework of their advance launched on November 30.
Now, according to pro-government sources, the Syrian Army is preparing for a further push into southern Idlib in order to neutralize the terrorist threat in the region.
Pro-militant sources claim that multiple Russian and Syrian airstrikes hit positions of “opposition forces” near Maarat al-Numan. This town remains the main militant stronghold in the area and is an apparent target of any upcoming Syrian Army operation in the region.
The analysis below was released in September: