Over the last few days, hundreds of former fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were redeployed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from southern Damascus to the northern Hama countryside as a part of the ongoing perpetrations for a military operation against militants in the province of Idlib, the Syrian news outlet Enab Baladi reported on August 27.
#Syria: ex-Jaish Alababil fighters who surrendered ao last May S. #Damascus districts & joined 4th Division will also be involved in upcoming #Idlib Offensive. https://t.co/9qlCOfZJOQ pic.twitter.com/VzSoaw7jnJ
— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) August 29, 2018
A source familiar with the situation told the pro-opposition news outlet that more former FSA fighters from the region of Eastern Ghouta will be redeployed to northern Hama in the upcoming days. According to the source, these fighters have expressed their will to fight Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in northern Syria.
During the last two weeks, hundreds of former FSA fighters were redeployed from northern Homs and southern Syria to positions around the northern governorate of Idlib. Most of these fighters used to be backed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The participation of these fighters will likely ease the SAA’s upcoming mission in northern Syria and facilitate the reconciliation process there.