On June 19, a unit of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)’ elite forces infiltrated defense lines of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northern Lattakia countryside and raided an SAA position in the area of al-Fukharah, according the HTS-linked news network Iba’a.
Abd al-Aziz al-Mahmud, a commander of HTS’ elite forces, told Iba’a that HTS fighters killed more than seventeen soldiers and officers of the SAA during their attack in the northern Lattakia countryside. HTS fighters also destroyed a 23mm gun of the SAA.
A source in the SAA confirmed to SouthFront that HTS carried out a successful attack on a position of the SAA in al-Fukharah. According to the source, nine soldiers and officers of the SAA were killed in the attack.
The attack is a major violation of the Russian-Turkish-Iranian de-escalation agreement in the northern Lattakia countryside. The Russian Aerospace Forces will likely bomb the positions of HTS’ elite forces in northern Lattakia and Idlib in the upcoming hours in response to the attack.