On September 23, three service members of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were killed as a result of a new attack in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib.
Syrian pro-government sources identified the three slain service members as “Yaub Rahal,” “Sharaf al-Ali” and “Yazan Abdullah.”
According to opposition sources, the three service members were killed near the town of Kafr Battikh in southern Idlib. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and its allies in the so-called “al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Room” shelled SAA positions in the region earlier.
In the last few weeks, several SAA service members were killed or injured in Greater Idlib. The region’s militants even claimed on September 22 that they killed a Russian Special Forces operator.
These repeated attacks are a blatant violation of the Russian-Turkish agreement on Greater Idlib that was reached on March 5.
The SAA and the Russian Aerospace Forces are responding to these violations with artillery and air strikes. However, the militants are still carrying out attacks. This may soon force the army and its allies to resume ground operations in the region.
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