On February 6 afternoon, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies launched a large-scale counter-attack in the southeastern Idlib countryside.
Opposition activists said that the Turkish artillery is supporting the offensive, which is targeting the towns of Dadik and Nayrab to the northwest of Saraqib city. These claims have not been confirmed, so far.
During the attack, two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs) by HTS targeted positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Daik and Nayrab.
HTS’s Turkish-backed allies claimed that they have “recaptured” the town of Tell Karrathin from the army. However, pro-government and even opposition sources said that the town was never captured by the army in the first place.
The SAA is now clashing with the militants in Dadik and Nayrab. Syrian and Russian warplanes are providing the army with close air support too.
The offensive reflects the desperation of HTS and its allies. Earlier today, the SAA liberated Saraqib in a major blow to the terrorist groups.