Syrian Army gears up for first major offensive against ISIS this year

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing for a major operation against ISIS after months of back-and-forth fighting in the central and eastern regions of the country.

According to reports from the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army moved reinforcements from the western part of the country to the northwestern part of the Badiya Al-Sham region, as they prepare for a large-scale combing operation against hte Islamic State.

This planned operation comes just months after the ISIS began targeting the eastern part of the Hama Governorate, a region of Syria that they had previously abandoned following their defeat there in 2017.

This operation will likely last for several days and include the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF), as the Islamic State has proven difficult to track in this vast desert area.

It appears the operation will begin in the northwestern part of the Badiya Al-Sham region, but will likely spread to areas around Badiya Al-Sukhnah area, which is where the Islamic State has carved out a large stronghold near this imperative desert town east of Palmyra (Tadmur).

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