Late on June 18, a militant position near the town of al-Bara in the southern Idlib countryside was targeted with a suicide drone, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The monitoring group claimed that the drone was launched by Iranian forces. However, there is no evidence to back this claim. Russian forces are also known for operating different types of suicide drones.
A few minutes after the drone strike, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targeted militants’ positions in al-Bara and the nearby town of Fleifel with artillery.
These strikes were likely a response to the militants’ repeated violations of the ceasefire in Greater Idlib. The ceasefire was brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5.
A number of recent reports claimed that the SAA and its allies are now preparing to launch a large-scale operation in Greater Idlib. Nevertheless, there is still no confirmation from pro-government sources. Any future operation will likely be carried out to implement the March 5 agreement.