Late on February 4, fresh reinforcements of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) arrived in Idlib and Aleppo to support militants fighting against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
The SNA’s 2nd Corps released a video showing dozens of its fighters and some of its commanders on their ways to the frontlines in the two regions.
The fighters appeared to be armed with light weapons and heavy machine guns mounted on pick-up trucks. However, opposition activist claimed that TOW anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) were also sent to Idlib and Aleppo.
The SNA began deploying troops in the opposition-held parts of Idlib and Aleppo last month following an agreement with al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which controls these areas.
So far, Turkish-backed militants have failed to stop or even slow down the army’s advance. The deployment of these militants may appear to be more a propaganda stunt than a real military support.