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Turkey is sending reinforcements to bulk up its observation points in Greater Idlib.
It is quite apparent that these efforts are not focused at imposing the ceasefire agreement, but rather to separate the so-called “moderate opposition” from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
In these efforts, civilians often suffer.
A man was killed on July 13th, after a Turkish armored vehicle ran over him when he was riding his motorcycle on the road to Sarmada city near the border with Iskenderun region in the northern countryside of Idlib. Deaths caused by Turkish armored vehicles are reported on a regular basis in Idlib countryside. Less than two months earlier, a little girl was ran over and killed by a Turkish vehicle.
The Turkish posts deployed in the de-escalation zone “are not asked to be involved in any military operation that Syrian government forces may wage; Turkish forces in the Idlib countryside are combat forces, not peacekeepers or observers,” the Turkish Armed Forces claim.
And they carry out combat against the Damascus government and on behalf the al-Qaeda affiliates in Greater Idlib.
Meanwhile, Turkish forces bomb Korhyouk village in the eastern countryside of Bab, east of Aleppo, northern Syria.
This was in response to bombardment by the SAA and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS). the Syrian government forces carried out heavy artillery shelling and missile attacks on “opposition” sites in Idlib and Hama, northwest Syria, amid intense flight of Russian drones.
Not too far from Idlib and Aleppo, the general level of chaos in Central Syria remains.
In early hours on July 13, the SAA foiled an attack by ISIS terrorists on its military points in the desert area in the south of Raqqa province.
SAA soldiers and allied groups were ambushed by ISIS fighters near the village of al-Rusafa. According to the reports, the clashes left 15 dead and wounded among the terrorists. 3 dead and 5 injured were reported on the SAA side.
Additionally, 3 members of the Iran-backed Liwa Fatemiyoun were killed in an IED attack near Syria’s al-Mayadin in Deir Ezzor, which is under government control.
Finally, in what seems to be turning into a regular event – US forces at al-Omar oilfield were subject to yet another attack. Local media reported that columns of smoke rose from the vicinity of the US base. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, this was the second attack in less than 24 hours. U.S. officials are yet to comment on these claims.
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, meanwhile, have their hands full with attempting to contain the increasing attacks by both ISIS and Turkish-backed factions, and are attempting to replenish their ranks, mostly by abducting locals.
Syria’s north is incredibly uncertain, with sporadic calls and fears that Turkey may attempt to annex parts of it, while the more significant movements are also expected from the US at any given moment.