How Surprise militant attack leads to heavy clashes in southern Idlib

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Damascus forces of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed militant factions were involved in a series of intense clashes on Friday, resulting in casualties for all parties involved.

The clashes which began on Friday when the militant forces carried out a surprise attack on the SAA positions along the Jabal Al-Zawiya axis in southern Idlib.

According to the report, the militants inflicted some casualties in the ranks of the Syrian Army near the town of Kafr Nabl which led to a fierce response from the SAA and its allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF). The Syrian Army’s response targeted the militant positions inside the town of Al-Bara’, which has become a logistical stronghold for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed forces.

A source from the SAA said that the militants suffered heavy losses as a result of their counter-attack. Since the start of May, the clashes between the Syrian Army and militant groups have intensified, despite the March 5th Moscow Agreement, which established an open-ended ceasefire.

The Syrian Army contends that the ceasefire cannot be maintained because the militants have not withdrawn from all towns and villages south of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway).

Turkey has responded by threatening to use force against the Syrian military, should they launch any offensive in Idlib, Aleppo, Hama, or Latakia.

The territories of the Arab country now under the control of the Russian backed Syrian force are not less than 80%.

(LNP /Almasdar)

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