After the liberation of Western Ghouta region, located near the Syrian capital, Damascus, the Syrian military became capable to deploy additional forces to the northern part of Hama province in order to relaunch offensive operations in the area.
Reports in pro-government sources indicate that the Syrian military has already used this opportunity. “Qalamoun Shield” forces (a pro-government volunteer group) sent “hundreds” fighters to northern Hama, according to AlMasdarNews. Experts say that the total number of fighters that could be redeployed to northern Hama is about 1,500.
The militant-controlled town of Taybat al-Imam will most likely become the target of expected government offensive in Hama province due to its proximity to the strategic M5 Highway.