On September 9, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) artillery began striking positions of militants in the western Idlib countryside and the northern Lattakia countryside, according to Syrian pro-government sources.
A source in the SAA’ 4th Division, which is currently stationed in northern Lattakia, told SouthFront that the strikes are a part of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) final preparations to launch a ground attack against the remaining militants in northwestern Syria. However, the source didn’t reveal when the attack will begin.
Meanwhile, the National Front for Liberation (NFL) announced that its fighters shelled a key helicopter base of the SAA in the northern Hama countryside with Grad rockets. The Turkish-backed group said that the rocket attack was a response to the recent Syrian and Russian airstrikes on the opposition-held areas in northwestern Syria.
A day earlier, the SAA began striking the militants’ positions in the northern Hama countryside and the southern Idlib countryside. Local observers believe that the army will expand its strikes on the militants to include new fronts, such as the southwestern Aleppo countryside, in the upcoming few days.