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Syrian Military Deploys 5th Assault Corps And Republican Guard Troops East Of Idlib (Video)

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) deployed additional units of the 5th Assault Corps and the Republican Guard in several positions around the northern city of Aleppo during the last few days, several Syrian pro-government sources reported on December 1.

A video released by pro-government activists shows a convoy of the SAA consisting of several T-72 battle tanks and BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) heading towards advanced positions west of Aleppo.

A day earlier the elite 4th Division was deployed in several positions between the northwestern Hama countryside and the northern Lattakia countryside. A source in the SAA told SouthFront that the division is currently preparing for a possible operation inside the demilitarized zone around Idlib.

The zone, which was establish as a result of the Russian-Turkish agreement on September 17, witnessed numerous violations during the last two months, including a chemical attack on Aleppo. More than 100 civilians were reportedly injured in the attack.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin had said the chemical attack on Aleppo shouldn’t go unpunished. However, it is not clear yet if Moscow and Damascus are willing to take serious military action.

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