Turkish-backed factions in Greater Idlib profit of the ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5 to boost their offensive capabilities.
On July 3, the National Front for Liberation (NFL), a coalition of Turkish-backed factions, announced that a new batch of its militants had completed their military training. Footage released by the NFL and opposition outlets shows recruits training on light arms and participating in what appears to be live fire drills.
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Captain Naji Mustafa, a spokesman for the NFL, told Enab Baladi that the coalition’s militants went through many training camps in recent days and that they are ready to repel any attack by the Syrian military and its allies.
“The training was focused and intensive to familiarize the fighters with combat and battle conditions, as well as to train them on special and specific tactics to avoid Russian air strikes,” the pro-opposition outlet quoted Cpt. Mustafa as saying.
The NFL is not the only side taking advantage of the ceasefire to boost its capabilities. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham is also training more and more militants.
The militants’ constant work to boost their offensive capabilities reflects hostile intentions. The Syrian military and its allies could soon resume their operations in Greater Idlib in order to respond this growing threat.