The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies may launch a limited military operation against the remaining militants in northwestern Syria soon in response to the repeated violations of the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement, the al-Mayadeen TV correspondent in Syria, Dima Nasir, revealed on November 16.
According to Nasir, the operation, which may begin in the upcoming few days, will target positions, ammo depots and headquarters of radical militants in the governorate of Idlib and the opposition-held areas around it.
Few days ago, a senior military source told the Russian news agency Sputnik that the SAA will attack the militants in Idlib if they continue to violate the deconfliction agreement. According to the source, the militants there have stepped up their attacks against the army since the announcement of the agreement.
The militants violated the deconfliction agreement in the northern Hama countryside, the northern Lattakia countryside and the southwestern Aleppo countryside dozens of times during the last few weeks. In the most recent incident, more than 18 personnel of the SAA were reportedly killed by an al-Qaeda-affiliated alliance in northern Lattakia.
A limited operation will not lead to the collapse of the deconfliction agreement, as it is not being implemented in the first place. On the contrary, such an operation may cool some of the hot heads in Idlib.