The Liberation of Idlib is ONLY a Matter of Time

by Firas Samuri

by Firas Samuri – The successful actions of the Syrian Arab Army led to the almost total liberation of the country from various terrorist groups. The only exception is Idlib province, where militants who refused to lay down weapons and join nationwide reconciliation were transported along their family members.

Currently, the key actors in the province are Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) (around 16,000 fighters) who control the major part of the region, including the provincial capital, and Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing, located not far from the Turkish border; Falaq al-Rahman (around 6,000 fighters); Nusrat al-Islam (2,500 fighters); Jaysh Al-Izza (approximately 6,000 fighters), and Ahrar al-Sham ( about 1,500 fighters). There are also a lot of foreign mercenaries from across the Middle East, Northern Africa, Asia, and CIS of up to several thousand persons.
According to different sources, from 50,000 to 100,000 militants remain in Idlib, armed with from 300 to 400 units of various armed vehicles. At the same time, they also armed with European-made assault rifles, heavy machine guns, mortars, ATGMs and, which repeatedly fell into the hands of the government forces after clashes with terrorists.

Nowadays, the last preparations are being made for the beginning of the counter-terrorist operation. Its success will allow the Syrian government to move towards a full-fledged political settlement of the crisis. In late August, Syria’s Defense Minister General Ali Abdullah Ayyoub stated that Damascus is determined to recapture Idlib and clear it from terrorists as a result of a large-scale military operation or by political means.
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Hussam al-Din Ala claimed that Syria is determined to liberate Idlib from HTS and other affiliated groups and to return it to homeland like other regions liberated from terrorism.

It’s worth noting that the first precondition for the liberation of Idlib was created earlier in the year when the Syrian army units established full control over Abu al-Duhur airbase and hence deprive the jihadists of the only one landing strip and the opportunity to receive arms and weapons from the western sponsors. At present, the elite Tiger Forces headed by the legendary commander Suheil Al-Hassan, the 4th Armored Division and the units of the Republican Guard, led by Maher Assad, the younger brother of Syrian leader have already been deployed near the borders of the province.

Moreover, the former militants who joined the Syrians troops to take part in Idlib offensive. Around 400 former Jaysh al-Ababil militants went over to the government forces during the battle for the Eastern Ghouta and would be fighting along Tiger Forces.

Besides the open hostilities, the Syrian army uses proven methods, like dropping leaflets calling militants to lay down arms and surrender. Such tactics worked well during the liberation of Damascus suburbs and southern provinces when thousands of militants were amnestied and returned to peace.

The similar actions have already given positive results in Idlib province. According to a source in Syria’s high command, around 15,000 militants and their family members will soon leave the region through the humanitarian corridor in Abu al-Duhur.

Despite all the efforts of the Western State to destabilise the situation in Idlib by publishing false news on upcoming chemical weapons provocation and providing the jihadists with arms and weapons, the Syrian authorities have all the necessary to liberate the province completely. The courage of the Syrian army, as well as the support of the true allies, will let them to clear the province, and its liberation is just a matter of time.

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  • 14th Troll

    Let the Pot simmer. Time is on the side of Assad.

  • Tommy Jensen

    Hopefully. No news is good news, they say.

  • Muriel Kuri

    It looks like they will be doing only partial retaking of territory for now. Looks like Russia is concentrating on ISIS in the east of the country – probably still dealing with Erdogan about the terrorists in Idlib – Putin & Iran trying to get a deal from him.

    • Tommy Jensen

      Erdogan should take his radical gangs back to Turkey. Many are not even Syrians.
      He could send them to Europe who would pay Erdogan and be happy to feed them in their welfare systems.

      • Nassim7

        That is what the Manchester Arena bombing was all about.

        The terrorist was a protected asset that the British had planned to use elsewhere. David Cameron (PM at the time) and Theresa May (Home Secretary at the time) should be put on trial for killing 23 people and wounding 139 – almost all indigenous white people

        • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

          The UK elite ALLOWED their own children, (sorry, the children of the Plebs) to be bombed and maimed in Manchester, so that they could play their violent expansionist games with the head-choppers.
          How corrupt and EVIL is that???

          • franz kafka

            It is positively neo-feudal, with talmudo-satanist connotations of modernity.

        • cap960

          Not just 23 killed…You must also include the Syrians they have killed too.

        • franz kafka

          I think the Manchester bombing was as CIA/MI6 as the fake event in Las Vegas.

      • Muriel Kuri

        My advice was for him to return all Syrian refugees from Turkey in exchange for all the terrorists. Then he could parcel them out to their home countries, though I don’t think the home countries would appreciate this! He helped create them, funded and armed them and bought their stolen gas from Syrian wells – now he should anti up and take them back!

      • Muriel Kuri

        My advice was for him to return all Syrian refugees from Turkey in exchange for all the terrorists. Then he could parcel them out to their home countries, though I don’t think the home countries would appreciate this! He helped create them, funded and armed them and bought their stolen gas from Syrian wells – now he should anti up and take them back!

  • franz kafka

    Praise to Allah/God!