On June 7, the al-Qaeda-affiliated wa-Harid al-Mu’minin operations room deployed reinforcements in the al-Zawiya Mount in southern Idlib, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The UK-based monitoring group said the reinforcements included logistic and military equipment as well as dozens of militants. Ansar al-Tawhid, a key member of the operations room, released photos showing some of its militants heading to the al-Zawiya Mount.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) amassed a large strike force in southern Idlib in the last few weeks. Several reports claim that the army and its allies are now preparing to launch a large military operation to open the Lattakia-Aleppo highway, known as the M4.
Turkish-backed militants, who declared the al-Zawiya Mount a military zone, are collaborating with al-Qaeda-affiliated groups to repel any attack by the SAA. The Turkish military also deployed reinforcements in the region.
Such an attack by the SAA and is allies could lead a serious confrontation not only with al-Qaeda groups, but also with the Turkish military.