Radical Militant Groups Have Not Withdrawn From Idlib Demilitarized Zone

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Radical Militant Groups Have Not Withdrawn From Idlib Demilitarized Zone

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Local sources familiar with the situation in northwestern Syria told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on October 12 that radical militants have not withdrawn from the demilitarized zone around the northern governorate of Idlib so far.

According to the sources, radical groups such as Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and Horas al-Din are keeping their troops within the demilitarized zone. However, they are not carrying out any operations against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

The establishment of the demilitarized zone is a part of the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement on Idlib, which was reached on September 17. Under the agreement, all heavy weapons had been withdrawn from the zone by October 10. The next step will be forcing all radical militants out before October 20.

While smaller radical groups, like Horas al-Din, have already rejected the deconfliction agreement, HTS is yet to announced its stand on it. Syrian opposition sources said that the radical group is witnessing an internal conflict over accepting or rejecting the agreement.

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  • Promitheas Apollonious

    so what SAA waiting for someone else to clean the trash for them?

    • Poor Turk

      First ask politely then act with force.

      • HardHawk

        This is a situation where extreme force it is not advisable. And the Russians proved to be very cold blooded strategists. Now with the S300 of Syria inter graded into the existing Russian system, their batteries are free and it always going to be existing the doubt who fired the missiles. So they have plausible deniability, as they shown this is very important to them.

    • HardHawk

      in situations as this first you prepare the ground to be to your favor then you proceed with caution and never head first haven’t you learn anything?

  • Empire’s Frontiers

    There’s always been an expiration date on every cease fire.

    These are periods for jihadi reconsideration.

    In every stage of the war the oscillation of fighting and peace has acted to exhaust the jihadis, and today little has changed.

    Anticipating western action as the September air campaign began, we saw the Syrian coalition evade the chemical weapons propaganda campaign, and move quickly into diplomatic activity.

    What I saw there was a Syrian military build up that invoked a rapid and active fortification effort by the jihadis, an intense week long air campaign to destroy all their work, and a quick move to diplomatic channels to freeze front line re-trenching.

    Without a chemical weapons claim, the west launched their strikes under cover of an Israeli mission, and from that time we see Syrian men enjoying well deserved leave from fighting, a deconfliction zone encompassing the main freeway to Aleppo, and a properly established air defense capability.

    If the jihadis fail to reconsider and reconcile, they’ll be playing into the hands of the Syrian coalition, and Turkey is out of time.

    • You can call me Al

      The last paragraph is spot on.

      • Empire’s Frontiers

        What’s left off or made up in the preceding paragraphs?

        • You can call me Al

          Your earlier paragraphs led to the summation in the end, sow ould you rather me say, “everything you state is spot on ?.

    • You can call me Al

      Everything you say is spot on.

      • Empire’s Frontiers

        Lol, you flatterer!

        :p

  • Ricky Miller

    The agreement deadline is October 15 and today is October 12. We’ll know more obviously, in 72 hours. But I’m thinking this is a ruse at least for a good number of these terror cell militias. They want to tempt the SAA to take action either before the deadline or dramatically charge ahead of Russia and Turkey just after it. The Jihadi gangs hate this deal and would like to squeeze some daylight between Turkey and the deal. A premature and heavy SAA offensive is probably their best bet to achieve that break. The militarily nonsensical shelling of West Aleppo is part of the plan; to be provocative, stir trouble in loyalist ranks. Don’t fall for it, Damascus. The loudspeaker move fell right into this play. Let Russia and Turkey deal with them after October 15, per the agreement. Keep informing the Russian Reconciliation Ctr. about damage and injuries from shelling. In the end both Russia and Turkey have to make this deal work and if the SAA has to take action it should come at the long end of patience.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    obey the rules rats or DIE!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      i prefer they dont and die.

      • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

        same lol