The Syrian Army has dispatched a large number of troops and massive military equipment comprising tens of military vehicles, and armored personnel carriers to Northern and Northeastern Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib and the town of Atshan in Northern Hama.
Meantime, 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 Sheikhoun which is home to the most important strongholds of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in Southern Idlib.
Meantime, the Syrian Army intends to cleanse the remaining part of the vital Aleppo-Damascus highway which connects Northwestern Syria to Jordan in the South.
On Monday, the Syrian army managed to enter Khan Sheikhoun 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 Sheikhoun,” 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 Sheikhoun 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.
In a relevant development on Sunday, 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 Sheikhoun earlier this week.
“According to intel, the Syrian Army will move towards the strategic town of Ma’aret al-Numan along the Damascus-Aleppo highway, 25 kilometers North of Khan Sheikhoun,” the Arabic-language Russian Sputnik News Agency quoted battlefield sources as saying.
It pointed to the terrorist groups’ fast retreat from Khan Sheikhoun towards Ma’aret al-Numan, and said that the Syrian Army has targeted the terrorists’ positions in the region.
Meantime, Syrian military expert Mohammad Abbas also pointed to the Syrian Army’s control over Khan Sheikhoun, and said army units plan to enter Saraqib and even Jabal al-Zawiyeh in Western Idlib in a bid to pave the way for their advances towards areas North or Ma’aret al-Numan.
He also noted that the Syrian Army troops have cut off the supply routes of the terrorists from Southwest to Southeastern Idlib, and said that the Syrian Army has paralyzed the terrorists’ defense lines in different directions.