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.