The Turkish intelligence is trying to convince Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) to disband itself in order to prevent a large-scale attack ин the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the opposition-held areas in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on August 30.
According to the UK-based monitoring group, HTS’ leadership is refusing any peaceful solution and insisting on fighting till the end. However, the Turkish intelligence has not given up yet and it is still negotiating with the radical group.
A source familiar with the situation in northern Syria told the SOHR that the SAA and its allies have deployed tens of thousands of soldiers and around 2,000 armored vehicles around the opposition-held areas. The SOHR noted that this large force includes hundreds of former Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters, who have reconciled with the Damascus government.
Some Syrian pro-government activists said that the SAA will launch its attack on HTS and its allies in the upcoming hours. However, this is not likely. Other sources believe that the attack will not begin before the Russian-Turkish-Iranian summit, which will be held on September 10 in Tehran.