On February 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) neutralized a sabotage unit of Turkish proxies in the southern countryside of Idlib.
A source in the army told SouthFront that the unit approached two positions in the northern outskirts of the town of al-Fatatoua. The unit’s members took advantage of heavy fog early in the morning to infiltrate the army’s defenses.
According to the source, the militants managed to breach both positions. However, they were quickly detected by SAA troops, which opened fire forcing the infiltrators to withdraw.
Opposition activists said that the infiltration attempt was carried out by the Army of Victory, a member of the National Front for Liberation. The formation is Turkey’s main proxy in Greater Idlib.
The activists claimed that 15 Syrian service members were killed or injured in the raid. However, SouthFront’s source confirmed that there were no human losses.
The SAA and its allies carried out a series of attacks on Greater Idlib this week. On February 2 and 3 Russian airstrikes hit militants’ headquarters and camps in the region. On February 5, at least 16 militants were killed or injured in a Syrian missile strike.
The failed raid of Al-Fatatirah indicates that Greater Idlib militants are planning to escalate their attacks in violation of the March 5 2020 ceasefire. This will likely provoke a harsher response by the SAA and its allies.
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