BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies will enter the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate after they complete their Hama offensive, a military source told Al-Masdar News this afternoon.
According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army will build a buffer-zone around the northern Hama axis in order to prevent any future attacks on the provincial capital and strategic town of Mhardeh.
The military source continued that the Syrian Arab Army and their allies have no plans as of now to push to the Idlib Governorate’s provincial capital nor do they plan on advancing past the historical city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man.
Unlike their previous offensive in southern Syria, the government forces will leave a large rebel-held pocket that will be administrated by local opposition groups loyal to Turkey.
Furthermore, the Russian and Iranian governments are working with the Turkish regime to create a rebel group that would combat the remaining jihadist elements inside the Idlib and Aleppo governorates.
Some reports have indicated that the Syrian government will concede the key town of Tal Rifa’at to the Turkish-backed rebels in exchange for the jihadist-held city of Jisr Al-Shughour; however, a government source has denied any agreement as of yet.