On October 28, radical militants of the “Wa Harid al-Muminin” operations room shelled several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the outskirt of the city of Aleppo and in the northern Lattakia countryside with mortar rounds and 107mm rockets.
The al-Qaeda-affiliated groups of Jamat Ansar al-Islam, Horas al-Din, Jabhat Ansar al-Islam and Ansar al-Tawhid formed the Wa Harid al-Muminin operations room earlier this month. Since then, the operations room has been working to sabotage the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement on the governorate of Idlib.
Under the agreement, a 15-20 demilitarized zone will be established around Idlib. The zone includes Aleppo’s suburbs and the northern Lattakia countryside. However, the radical militants are yet to withdraw from their positions there.
Russia and Turkey had extended the timeline of the deconfliction agreement in order to explore new ways to implement it before the end of this year. However, it appears that the radical militants are determined to sabotage the agreement, which may eventually force the SAA to launch a military operation in Idlib.
Photos of the militant attacks in Aleppo and Lattakia: