On August 26, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) deployed large forces in the southeastern Idlib countryside and the southwestern Aleppo countryside as a part of its ongoing perpetrations for a military operation against militants in northern Syria, according to Syrian al-Masdar News blog.
According to the report, the upcoming operation may cover the militant-held areas around the city of Aleppo. Previously, it was thought that the operation will be limited to northern Hama and northern Lattakia.
Since the beginning of this month, thousands of Syrian soldiers and hundreds of heavy military equipment have been deployed around the northern governorate of Idlib. Elite units such as the SAA 4th Division, the 5th Assault Corps, the Tiger Forces and even hundreds of former Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters will participate in the upcoming operation.
Meanwhile, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies continue to build fortifications and reinforce their positions along the frontline with the SAA. The radical group also arrested dozens of civilians in northern Syria accusing them of spying for the Syrian intelligence.
Local observers believe that HTS and its allies will fail to repel any large-scale on its remaining positions in northern Syria because the SAA, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, has a critical advantage in the fire power.