The ground offensive in Syria is taking place in coordination with Russian warplanes operating from an airfield in western Syria, and the offensive will include the Syrian Army, Hezbollah forces on the ground and Russian air power, all in coordination with Iran, according to an official with that alliance.

The ground offensive in Syria is taking place in coordination with Russian warplanes operating from an airfield in western Syria, and the offensive will include the Syrian Army, Hezbollah forces on the ground and Russian air power, all in coordination with Iran, according to an official with that alliance.

The ground offensive in Syria is taking place in coordination with Russian warplanes operating from an airfield in western Syria, and the offensive will include the Syrian Army, Hezbollah forces on the ground and Russian air power, all in coordination with Iran, according to an official with that alliance.

Although the offensive remains in its early stages, it is significant because it is the beginning of a wider, coordinated assault that reveals close collaboration between Syria and its main allies — Hezbollah, Iran and Russia — the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the parties had not detailed the coordination of military strategy.

The assault aims to push back gains early this year by an insurgent coalition, the Army of Conquest, that threated the government-held coastal province of Latakia, crucial territory for the Syrian government, the official said, adding that it was the first time since those setbacks in the spring that government forces had moved “from defense to offense.”

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