Militants Attack Syrian Army In Northern Lattakia Undermining To Deconfliction Agreement

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Militants Attack Syrian Army In Northern Lattakia Undermining To Deconfliction Agreement

A militant operates a TOW anti-tank rocket launcher in Syria. (File photo)

In another clear violation of the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement, unknown militants destroyed a 14,5mm machine gun of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northern Lattakia countryside with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) on October 20, according to several Syrian opposition sources.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. However, local observer believe that the attack was carried out by al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din or Ajnad al-Kavkaz. Both groups are mainly stationed in the opposition-held areas in northern Lattakia and northwestern Idlib.

The previous day witnessed several violations of the deconfliction agreement, mainly in northern Lattakia and around the city of Aleppo. Following these violations, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria argued the militants’ commanders to cease hostilities. However, it appears that some sides are interested in sabotaging the agreement.

So far, the SAA has limited its response to artillery strikes. This soft policy may be changed soon if militants continue their destructive actions. The alternative will likely be a military operation, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces.

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  • Rob

    Russia, Syria, and their allies shouldn’t waste anymore time on these US and England trained forces, just they should eliminate them to shed threats from civilian heads.

    • occupybacon

      Wondering why they don’t ask you

  • Vince Dhimos

    Ajnad al-Kavkaz is Chechen-led (kavkaz means Caucasian). The Russians will eventually clean out their nest.