On July 29, representatives of several armed groups in the Syrian governorate of Idlib met with Turkish officials in the Turkish capital of Ankara to discuss the future of the northern governorate, according to the Syrian news outlet Enab Baladi.
One of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) commanders who attended the meeting told the pro-opposition news outlet that the meeting was held upon the request of Turkey. The commander added that the representatives of the armed groups will attend the upcoming Sochi summit, which will be held on July 30 and 31.
Few hours ago, Syrian opposition sources reported that the biggest armed groups in Idlib have united forces and formed a new operations room to fend off any possible attack of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies on the governorate.
Earlier this week, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad told Russian journalists that the next target of the SAA will be the radical groups in Idlib. Furthermore, opposition activists claim that the SAA is already massing its forces in northern Lattakia and southwestern Aleppo.
Local observers believe that the fate of Idlib will be determined during Sochi summit. Some of the topics which will be discussed during the summit are the status of the key highways and the fate of the radical groups and foreign fighters in the governorate.