The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) deployed additional units from the 5th Corps and the 9th Division along the frontlines in northern Lattakia, northern Hama and western Aleppo in the last few days, pro-government activists revealed on February 9.
Furthermore, the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi said that Russian warplanes carried out multiple reconnaissance sorties over these three regions recently.
These developments indicate that the SAA is preparing for a possible escalation in the demilitarized zone around the governorate of Idlib. The zone was established last year under a Russian-Turkish agreement.
Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova revealed Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Horas al-Din and other terrorist groups are considering creation of a unified command in order to start preparations for a large-scale military operation against government forces.
Such an operation will result in the full collapse of the demilitarized zone agreement. Facing this situation, the SAA and its allies will likely launch their own advance in Idlib.
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