DAMASCUS (Dispatches) – The Syrian Army has dispatched massive military equipment to southern Idlib and northern Hama in preparation for an operation to capture the al-Nusra bastion town of al-Tamaneh in the next phase of its major operations in the northwestern front.
The Syrian Army has dispatched a large number of troops and massive military equipment comprising tens of military vehicles, and armored personnel carriers to Khan Shaykhun in southern Idlib and the town of Atshan in Hama.
The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted a military source as saying that the Syrian Army intends to seize the town of al-Tamaneh some eight kilometers to the east of Khan Shaykhun which is home to the most important strongholds of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists in Idlib.
The Syrian Army also intends to cleanse the remaining part of the vital Aleppo-Damascus highway which connects northwestern Syria to Jordan in the south.
The Syrian army managed to enter Khan Shaykhun on Monday after five years.
Also reports said on Wednesday that the local population in Ma’aret al-Numan in southern Idlib were preparing themselves for the imminent entry of the Syrian Army troops into the city, adding that the people were eagerly waiting for the army’s military takeover.
"The next target of the Syrian Arm’s military operations is Ma’aret al-Numan after imposing full control over Khan Shaykhun,” Syrian lawmaker for Idlib Province Safvan Qorbi said.
He noted that the residents of Idlib and its countryside are expecting the Syrian Army to arrive in areas occupied by the terrorists, and said that large groups of residents of Ma’aret al-Numan and the city of Saraqib in southern Idlib have visited the joint Syrian-Russian Command Headquarters for the implementation of peace plan.
Qorbi noted the massive presence of the terrorist groups in Ma’aret al-Numan and the Turkish Army’s occupying role in the region, and said that the Syrian Army is prepared to enter Ma’aret al-Numan.
He also pointed to the heavy defeat of the terrorist groups in Khan Shaykhun city despite massive military backup by the Turkish Army and their retreat from the region, and said that negotiations are currently underway for exit of the Turkish Army troops from areas under its control in Hama.
Meanwhile, the Arabic-language media outlets reported that the Syrian Army is attempting to take full control of the key town of Ma’aret al-Numan in Idlib after it liberated the strategic city of Khan Shaykhun earlier this week.
"According to intelligence, the Syrian Army will move towards the strategic town of Ma’aret al-Numan along the Damascus-Aleppo highway, 25 kilometers North of Khan Shaykhun,” the Arabic-language Russian Sputnik News Agency quoted battlefield sources as saying.
It pointed to the terrorist groups' fast retreat from Khan Shaykhun towards Ma’aret al-Numan, and said that the Syrian Army has targeted the terrorists’ positions in the region.
Syrian government forces gather near Khan Shaykhun, Idlib Province, on August 18, 2019.