The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) have conducted more than 130 airstrikes on Greater Idlib since January 22 morning, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
In a report, the London-based monitoring group said that Syrian and Russian airstrikes targeted more than 30 areas in the southern Idlib countryside as well as in the western countryside of Aleppo.
Both regions are controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Other al-Qaeda factions and Turkish-backed militants also maintain a strong presence in these regions.
Earlier today, HTS and its allies attacked the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the town of al-Tah in southeast Idlib. The failed attack involved at least 30 militants with 3 vehicles equipped with weapons.
Despite the ever increasing militants’ attacks around Greater Idlib, the SAA doesn’t appear to be on its way to launch a ground operation in the region. This will likely lead to more escalation by HTS and its allies, which are gaining more and more confidence in their impunity.
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