Militants are amassing near the northern Syrian governorate of Aleppo, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Conflicting Sides in Syria Maj. Gen. Yury Borenkov revealed on December 12.
According to the Russian commander, the militants are deploying heavy weapons in the outskirt of Aleppo’s city center, as well as in the governorate’s southwestern countryside.
“Russian surveillance means detected, over the last two days, the deployment of rocket launchers and armored vehicles by illegal armed groups near the city of Aleppo and the town of Abu al-Duhur in Idlib,” RT quoted Maj. Gen. Borenkov as saying.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated Aleppo’s city center in 2016 and the Abu al-Duhur airbase, which is located on the administrative border with southwest Aleppo, more than year later.
A day earlier, opposition sources revealed that Turkish-backed militants are deploying anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launchers along Idlib’s administrative borders with southwest Aleppo.
These developments suggest that the militants are preparing a large-scale attack in southwest Aleppo, or even on the city itself. Such an attack is highly possible due to the suspension of major SAA operations in Greater Idlib.