On September 5, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) redeployed troops and heavy weapons of the 1st Division from the Syrian capital of Damascus to several positions around the northern governorate of Idlib, according to Syrian pro-government sources.
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The deployment of the 1st Division near Idlib is likely a part of the ongoing preparations of the SAA and its allies to launch a large-scale military operation against the remaining militants in northern Syria. According to several reports, the operation will cover northern Hama, northern Lattakia and northwestern Idlib.
In the last two months, the SAA deployed thousands of soldiers along with hundreds of battle tanks, armored vehicles and artillery pieces in several positions between Hama and Lattakia. Elite pro-government forces such as the Tiger Forces, the 4th Division and the Russian-backed 5th Assault Corps are expected to lead the upcoming attack.
Syrian pro-government activists believe that the military operation will begin after the Russian-Turkish-Iranian meeting, which is set to be held in the Iranian capital of Tehran on September 7.