Early on August 5, heavy clashes broke out between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and militants in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib.
Opposition sources claimed that a unit of the SAA had failed to advance near the town of Fatterah in the southern Idlib countryside. However, pro-government sources didn’t report any attacks by the army.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, three Syrian soldiers were killed and three others were injured in the clashes. Two militants were also killed.
Over the past few days, a number of clashes took place in different parts of Greater Idlib. Russian warplanes also carried out a series of airstrikes on militants’ positions in the region. The situation in Greater Idlib is slowly spinning out of control.
The SAA deployed fresh reinforcements in Greater Idlib last week. According to recent reports, the army and its allies are preparing to launch a new operation there.
Greater Idlib’s factions, including Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and the National Front for Liberation, are preparing to repel the SAA attack on the southern part of the region. Thousands of Turkish troops are deployed there.
The recent developments indicate that the army is indeed planning to resume ground operations in Greater Idlib. This will lead to a major escalation and a possible confrontation with Turkish forces in the region.