BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has canceled their military operation in eastern Syria, a source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News this afternoon.

According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army has begun redeploying a large number of soldiers from the eastern Homs and Deir Ezzor regions to the Hama and Idlib provinces.

The source said the reason for the mass redeployment is due to the pressing need to retake areas in northwest Syria that are currently controlled by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party.

Since the jihadist rebels launched their large-scale offensive in northwest Syria, they have managed to capture all of western Aleppo, the Al-Ghaab Plain, and Jabal Shashabo.

All of these areas captured are near the Syrian Arab Army’s front-lines, which makes clearing them all the more important.

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Gregory Casey

Good. The sooner Idlib is cleared of those Terrorist Scum including the Turks and their Jihadi Proxies, the better for all concerned.

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@Gregory Casey, true but I would have spared HTS as long as they only prey on the Sultan’s ghazi.

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I’m not at all sure that Erdogan will accept to loose Idlib

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Gregory Casey

He may not wish to lose it but does he really want to get into a War with Syria in #Idlib for the benefit of terrorists while the Kurds breathe a sigh of relief in Manbij and NE Syria while Turkey has to concentrate its Forces in the NW of Syria?

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Well, Gregory : I don’t think SAA would be able to cope with Turkish army since, except nukes, Turkey is near as powerful as Israel. The problem for Erdogan is more Russian bases in Syria and Putin not likely to accept him taking over the country, another point being the EU that has no more interest than Russia of seeing the re-birth of the infamous Ottoman Empire, moreover led by an Ottomaniac high on cocaine… It’s not wthout reasons that French said that, would Yanks pull out from Rojava, they would stay. I wouldn’t be too surprised would matters go… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Sux, The Sultan’s army has a purged officers and specialist corps and relies on conscripts for rank and file. It has a good industrial basis but that lacks tech for modern tanks and special engineering skills that Israels has. The Sultanate is no way near as powerful as Israel.

The Sultanate will be the attacking force against SDF and SAA. Both are battle hardened professionals. They will probably have air superiority if they are allowed to use SS 300.

I see no edge for the attackers.

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@Leon, The Sultan’s mercenaries already lost Idlip to HTS.
HTS is not part of the truce – so Idlip is open to take.

p.s. I would personally spare HTS so that they can continue to war on the Sultan’s mercenaries.

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So would I, but take care of keeping the balance by blasting arms depots in order not to end with a HTS armed to the teeth when cleaning them up later.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, HTS cannot build arms and heavy ammo. They need spoils or supplies.

No matter they will not end up armed to the teeth.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Of course not. The interesting point is what Russia is doing. So far, Russia has allowed Turkey to invade Syria (using some stupid excuse).

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Nestor Arapa

Responsable de ella es Erdogan

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jmNZ

I would think very carefully before letting the rats in the Badiyeh off the hook – especially as they are still being supplied by the Americans from al-Tanf.
If they play it as before, then when the SAA is fully engaged in Idlib, expect them to try and stab the SAA in the back with heavyweight reinforcement from the Americans in al-Tanf.
Idlib jihadis are continuing to tear themselves to pieces and, as long as they do this, don’t let the Daesh in the Badiyeh get strong again.

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The fact is that the 10,000km² IS held triangle inside SAA lines on the west bank of Euphrates is mainly a desert with just a few villages and likely semi-mountainous terrain with caves. IS is totally contained here : low personnel, no heavy weapons, but it’d take huge SAA personnel and a lot of time to comb it all.
NW Syria is way more hotter due to Turkish supports to shithadists and mercenaries and measures have too be taken to avoid an invasion of Rojava which would be terrible not only for Kurds but for the whole country.