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Militants Shell Strategic Town In Northern Aleppo Triggering Fierce Response From Syrian Army

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For the first time in more than five months, radical militants launched heavy improvised rocket-assisted munitions (IRAMs) at the government-held town of al-Zahar in the northern Aleppo countryside on February 21.

“The terrorist attack caused material damage … However, no civilians were injured,” the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reporter in Aleppo said.

The attack triggered a fierce response from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), which shelled militant positions in the towns of Kafr Nabl, Hass, Basqala, Hish, Babuline, Maasaran and Khan al-Sabil in the southern Idlib countryside.

Over the last few days, militants stepped up their attacks on civilian areas in the government-held parts of Aleppo and Hama. In response, the army began to shell militants’ positions in northern Lattakia, northern Hama, southern Idlib and western Aleppo.

Militants Shell Strategic Town In Northern Aleppo Triggering Fierce Response From Syrian Army

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These attacks are a violation of the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement. Recent developments confirm that militants are determined to ignore the agreement. Therefore, the stance of the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance on this kind of “de-escalation” is evolving toward a military option. On February 20, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that the operation to eliminate terrorists is “inevitable”.

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