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Syrian Army building new helicopter fields near southwest Idlib

20 September 2018 14:43

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is building new helicopter fields near the provincial border of the Idlib Governorate, a military source told Al-Masdar News this afternoon.

According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army is building the helicopters fields inside the town of Jubb Ramleh, which is located near the Al-Ghaab Plain of southwest Idlib and Jabal Al-Akrad region of northeast Latakia.

The military source said that these helicopter fields will be used for the Syrian Arab Army’s upcoming operations that are expected to take place in northeast Latakia and southwest Idlib.

While the locations of the demilitarized zones in Idlib have yet to be announced, the Syrian Arab Army expects that they will not include areas controlled by jihadist groups like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party.

Both the Syrian Arab Army and Russian military have made the key city of Jisr Al-Shughour a top priority because of the large presence of jihadist groups.

Jisr Al-Shughour is strategically located near the Hatay Province and the Idlib-Latakia Highway, which is another reason why the Syrian Arab Army wants this area cleared.

For the Russian military, the constant jihadist drone attacks on the Hmeimim Airbase from Jisr Al-Shughour has prompted them to threaten a large-scale operation to clear this area.

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