On August 9, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) exchanged artillery fire with Turkish forces in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib.
The SAA artillery pounded positions of Turkish-backed militants in the towns of Kansafra, al-Bara and Almaouzrah in the al-Zawiya Mount in the southern Idlib countryside. The army also destroyed a vehicle near the town of Tadil in the western countryside of Aleppo with an anti-tank guided missile.
The Turkish military and its proxies responded within a few hours by shelling positions of the SAA on the frontline with the al-Zawiya Mount. No losses were reported as a result of the Turkish shelling.
Two days ago, the Turkish military carried out similar artillery strikes on SAA positions in the city of Ma`arat al-Nu`man in southern Idlib.
According to a recent report, the Turkish military and its proxies are bracing for a possible attack by the SAA on the al-Zawiya Mount. Large reinforcements are deployed in the region, that overlooks the Lattakia-Aleppo highway, the M4.
The recent Turkish strikes are clearly meant to deter the SAA and its allies. These aggressive acts are only encouraging the remaining terrorists in Greater Idlib.