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The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) has carried out a series of hit and run attacks and anti-tank guided missile strikes on government troops in northern Lattakia and northern Hama.
According to reports, at least 5 Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed in the Jabal al-Akrad area and a 14.5mm machine gun position was destroyed with an ATGM in al-Karakat. NFL units and their allies shelled Kinsaba, al-Huraka, al-Reym and Safsara. At the same time, the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) deployed additional reinforcements, including at least 5 vehicles equipped with weapons at a frontline north of Kafr Nabudah.
Another pro-Turkish group, the Hamza Brigade, claimed that it had repelled a limited SAA attack in the al-Daghibalis west of al-Bab.
While the current situation at the frontlines along the Idlib de-escalation zone is relatively calm with no side carrying out large offensive operations, the high level of tensions between the SAA and Turkish-backed militants demonstrate that a new round of hostilities may break out at any moment.
Artillery units of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) shelled positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) near Tel Rifaat and Maranaz in northern Aleppo. These strikes are just another signal of the TAF’s inability to secure the occupied region of Afrin, where YPG-linked cells conduct attacks on Turkish targets on a constant basis.
Israel is preparing for its possible military involvement in any escalation in the Gulf confrontation between Iran and the United States, Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said on July 2.
“It should be taken into account that mistaken calculations by the (Iranian) regime … are liable to bring about a shift from the ‘gray zone’ to the ‘red zone’ – that is, a military conflagration,” he claimed in a speech to the Herzliya Conference.
A day earlier, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mojtaba Zolnour warned the US that if it attacks Iran, Israel would be destroyed in half an hour.
The Trump administration did not respond by military means to the Global Hawk shootdown over the Strait of Hormuz by Iran, but continued its military buildup in the region. Just recently, a detachment of F-22 stealth jets were deployed in Qatar.