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HTS, Turkestan Islamic Party To Fortify Positions In Northern Lattakia & Northwestern Hama – Report

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HTS, Turkestan Islamic Party To Fortify Positions In Northern Lattakia & Northwestern Hama - Report

Fighters of Horas al-Din, Illustrative image.

Senior commanders of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) agreed to fortify and reinforce their positons in northern Lattakia and northwestern Hama during a recent meeting, Sputnik reported on October 4.

Sources familiar with the situation told Sputnik that the meeting was held in the city of Jisr al-Shughur in northeastern Idlib. The city borders northern Lattakia from the west and the al-Ghab Plains in northwestern Hama from the south.

“The main objective of the meeting was to agree to fortify the entire northwestern front of Hama governorate and the northern Lattakia countryside and to provide foreign militants with advanced weapons, which were recently supplied to the al-Nusra Front [HTS’ original name],” the Russian news agency quoted one of the sources as saying.

According toЫputnik, the newly-supplied weapons include anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), jamming devices and around 200 armed drones. The sources said that the weapons came from Syria’s border with Turkey.

Beside deploying these advanced weapons, the TIP sent many of its foreign fighters to the front lines in the al-Ghab Plains and around the key town of Kabani in northern Lattakia.

Sputnik’s sources estimated that at least 13,000 terrorists are currently present in northern Lattakia and northwestern Hama. According to the sources, foreign terrorists, especially Chinese Uyghurs, are living in closed communities.

The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has been pounding terrorists’ positions in northern Lattakia for more than a week now. The TIP and HTS are apparently fearing that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will soon launch a ground operation in the region.

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  • Redadmiral

    Will make great target practice for Russian $ Syrian airforces

    • Oh h3ll yeah. I hope both those factions get pummeled into oblivion by pro Assad Government forces.

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      Yes especially attack choppers they should make mince meat of these “fortifications”

  • dutchnational

    For me the report was unclear. Agreement with whom? Turkey?

    Turkey now making agreements with their own declared terrorists? To supply heavy arms?

    Is it not Turkey complaining about US supplying SDF? Where neither SDF nor

    • dutchnational

      I got it. An agreement among themselves. Like an agreement between turks and their proxies to shoot at kurds. That is not an agreement. That is a given.

  • Icarus Tanović

    How darn stupid these Wahhabis are, together with theirs CIA and subsequently Turkey patrons.
    These are good terrorists for Erdogan, but SDF aren’t, well buddy makenup yout mind. Do whatever you wanna do in Idlib, but don’t come any closer to Turkey. If something happens, they’ll all run to Turkey.

  • Zionism = EVIL

    These arseholes should be bombed pronto!