The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) announced on July 30 that a new batch of its militants had completed military training.
The NFL’s new recruits were trained on “special missions”. Photos from the training camp show them using heavy weapons such as machine guns, battle tanks and recoilless rifles. The training course was held in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib.
This was the fifth batch of Turkish-backed militants to complete “special mission” training since the signing of the Russian-Turkish ceasefire agreement on March 5.
The NFL is using the ceasefire in Greater Idlib to boost its offensive capabilities. Other groups in the region, including al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), are doing exactly the same.
Recent reports revealed that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are preparing to launch a new operation in Greater Idlib.
The militants in the region are preparing to repel any new attack. The NFL and HTS deployed reinforcements in southern Idlib and put their forces on high-alert, especially in the Zawiya Mount region.
Turkey, which deployed thousands of troops in Greater Idlib over the past few months, is doing nothing to stop the provocations of the remaining militants in the region. The SAA and its allies may soon take matters into their own hands.