On December 18, militants of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, attacked a position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of Arbikh in the eastern Idlib countryside.
The HTS-affiliated Military Media shared a short video of the attack showing a militant opening fire from a machine gun at the SAA position from a long distance.
According to HTS’s claims, 15 soldiers of the SAA were killed or wounded during the attack. Syrian pro-government news sources didn’t report any losses, however.
This was HTS’s fourth attack on the SAA within a single week. On December 11, the group’s militants raided positions near the village of Dadikh in the southern Idlib countryside, and several others around the village of al-Bayda in the northern countryside of Lattakia. Later on December 17, the militants attempted to capture a position near the town of Kabtan al-Dżabal in the western countryside of Aleppo
The attacks came as Russian efforts to restore ties between Syria and Turkey, who maintains a large force in Greater Idlib, are gaining momentum.
A Turkish withdrawal from Greater Idlib is said to be one of Damascus main conditions to Ankara. Such a move would enable the SAA and its allies to resume ground operations against HTS and other terrorist groups in the region. This may be the reason why HTS is escalating now.
HTS’s recent attacks represent a blatant violation of the ceasefire in Grater Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey more than two years ago. The SAA and its allies will likely respond to these violations with brute force very soon.
The report was that 12 were confirmed killed.
Is such an event non-existent?
Does the update on Syria report no incidents?
HTS is also claims they control whole Syria. It is not like they have achieve nothing… right? We should 100% believe them.
Hey SF why don’t you take Ukraine side of story for Russia-Ukraine war? You seem okay to take the words of terrorists in Syria – like terrorists-terrorists, Ukrainian Neo-Nazis aren’t that different than Wahhabis/Israelis.
You know Ukraine said they lost one soldier and Russia lost about 50 million so far…
What’s funny is they would kill themselves to show the dead SAA soldiers, but they film themselves firing at god knows what. Right…
5.0 Earthquake, second largest since 1918 at 6.6.
The time comes when the true supporters of these criminals need to be the ones to pay. Happy Hunting.
surovkin lost in Afghanistan Syria and Kherson because surovkin is a criminal.
Indeed. Wise words. Ask theirs masters in headquarters in Tell Aviv.
US army! Well they’ve US trained and paid for decades.
The sole reason is because Russia is assliking Turds and ISISrael, and that means the Syrians will never be ridd of this scums, forget it, its never going to happen. Just like the Kurds, whom is also backed by Russians and ISISrael. Sorry for the locals, betrayed by everybody, and Syria is nowhere near to take their own land back. Russians may have a tiny thread of credibility in Ukraina, but blows it all to kingdome comes in Syria where they are assliking the Tribe.
Lets get clear on one thing. Russia is fun-hole licking no one……they’ve just carved out a region of influence around Latakia and that’s about it. Just like the US has in eastern Syria with support from the toady Iraqi gubment. You understand this right?
Don’t believe what pig named erdogan is saying! A word of that rat, goblin!
noshi sisi boy.go and jump now