On August 16, Major Jamil Saleh, leader of Jaysh al-Izza, warned that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies will launch a military operation in the opposition-held areas of northern Syria “soon” and called on the civilians there to not believe rumors.
“A military action will soon begin to rape and occupy some areas in the liberated region,” Maj. Saleh said on Twitter warning the locals.
Maj. Saleh’s warning is a clear response to Turkish representatives, who allegedly told local figures in a recent meeting that the SAA and its allies will not launch an attack on northern Syria. During the meeting, which was allegedly held in a Turkish observation post near the town of Murak, Turkish officials even claimed that the deployment of large units of the SAA around the northern governorate of Idlib is nothing more than “psychological warfare.”
Jaysh al-Izza is considered one of the closest allies of the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The armed group is mainly stationed in the al-Ghab Plain in the northwestern Hama countryside. This region is believed to be one of the main targets of the SAA’s upcoming operation.