On August 23, five service members of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were reportedly killed when militants targeted their post near the town of Hizareen in southern Idlib.
The al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Rooms claimed responsibility for the attack that was carried out with an anti-tank guided missile. The operations room, which include Turkish-backed groups and a number of al-Qaeda factions, is led by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.
While opposition sources claimed that five Syrian service members were killed in the attack, pro-government activities reported a single causality, Lt. Ali Abdul Karim.
The attack is a blatant violation of the March 5 agreement between Russia and Turkey. A ceasefire was implemented in Greater Idlib under the agreement.
The SAA and its allies usually respond to such violations in Greater Idlib with artillery strikes or airstrikes in a few days, if not hours.
Turkey has thousands of troops in Greater Idlib. However, it is doing nothing whatsoever to stop the repeated violations by the militants. In fact, Ankara is providing the militants, including those linked to the al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Rooms, with military support.