The Syrian Army is training thousands of fresh soldiers in Lattakia province to kick off a massive operation against the terrorists deployed near the border with Turkey, a military source said on Saturday.
The source said that the soldiers are completing a rigorous training regimen in mountains in Eastern Lattakia before they depart to Jabal (Mount) Al-Akrad and Jabal Al-Turkmen regions.
The source said that the first phase of the offensive will concentrate on sealing the Lattakia-Turkey border, which is partially controlled by Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
He further added that the second phase of the offensive will be conducted in the Al-Ghaab Plain and carried out until the Syrian Army reaches the Southern part of Jisr Al-Shughour region in Idlib province.
Once they deploy at Jisr Al-Shughour, the Syrian Army will attempt to capture the important town and clear the border points in the key district in Western Idlib.
In a relevant development on Tuesday, the army stormed strongholds and movements of the Al-Nusra front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in Northern Hama, Southern Idlib and Southern and Northern Aleppo on Tuesday, inflicting major losses on the militants.
The army’s artillery and missile units opened heavy fire at the movements and positions of the Al-Nusra in the towns of al-Latamina and Kafr Zita and their outskirts and in the villages of al-Sayyad, Latmin, al-Zakah and al-Arba’een in Northern Hama and Tal Aas region in Southern Idlib.
Also, other units of the army engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorist group in Tal Mosayebeen region in Northern Aleppo and near Mariwadah in Southern Aleppo.
The Al-Nusra’s positions and military hardware were destroyed and a number of its gunmen were killed or wounded in the army attacks.