On December 5, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) foiled a new infiltration attempt by radical militants in the northern Lattakia countryside, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
“A unit of the SAA, based in the northern Lattakia countryside, clashed with a terrorist group, which attempted to infiltrate and attack a military position located in [the village of] Ayn al-Hur, 5km north of the town of Kinsabba on the Lattakia-Jisr al-Shughur highway,” a military source told SANA.
According to the source, many militants were killed in the clashes, while the rest run back to their positions and hideouts on the Syrian-Turkish border.
This new violation of the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement was likely carried out by the al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din or Ajnad al-Kavkaz or the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) or Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The four radical groups control almost all the opposition-held area in the northern Lattakia countryside.
Last week, Horas al-Din and its allies launched a similar attack on a HQ of the SAA in the northern Lattakia countryside. However, the SAA foiled the attack and killed five militants, some of whom were wearing suicide belts.
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