On November 1, the “Wa Harid al-Muminin” operations room violated the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement and shelled several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the area of Harishah in the southwestern Aleppo countryside with mortar shells.
Few hours later, fighters of the operations room launched several rockets at an artillery position of the SAA in area of al-Mashari’ the northwestern Hama countryside in another clear violation of the agreement.
The Wa Harid al-Muminin operations room was formed in October by al-Qaeda-affiliated Jamat Ansar al-Islam, Horas al-Din, Jabhat Ansar al-Islam and Ansar al-Tawhid. Since its establishment, the operations room has been openly working to sabotage the deconfliction agreement.
Under the agreement, all radical militant groups should withdraw from a 15-20 demilitarized zone around Idlib. However, Turkey is yet to take any serious steps to implement this term. This could eventually lead to the collapse of the entire agreement.