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Syrian Military Source Says Ground Operation In Greater Idlib Could Start At ‘Any Minute’

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Syrian Military Source Says Ground Operation In Greater Idlib Could Start At 'Any Minute'

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies may kick off a ground operation in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib “at any minute,” a Syrian military source told Sputnik on September 12.

The source told the Russian news agency, that al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib, and its Turkish-backed allies escalated their attacks in the last two weeks.

“The fronts of the southern Idlib countryside and northern countryside of Hama witnessed an exceptional escalation during the last two weeks,” the source said. “The armed groups shelled towns and villages located near the frontlines, at the same time, exceptional human, equipment and logistical crowds were monitored, sent by these groups to the axes of Jabal al-Zawiya in the southern countryside of Idlib and al-Ghab Plain in the northwestern Hama countryside.”

According to the source, the recent Russian airstrikes on Greater Idlib were a response to these provocations. The source claimed that Russian warplanes destroyed more than 60 positions of HTS and killed more than 150 militants over the last few days.

A few hours after the release of Sputnik’s reports, Russian warplanes carried out a new wave of airstriks on Greater Idlib.

The airstrikes targeted several positions located near the towns of Darat Izza and Sheikh Salman in the western Aleppo countryside and the town of Kansafra in the southern countryside of Idlib.

The ceasefire agreement in Greater Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey on 5 March 2020, is barely holding up.

A new ground operation in Greater Idlib by the SAA and its allies may lead to a dangerous confrontation with the Turkish military that maintains more than 60 posts, bases and camps across the region.

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