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Turkish-Backed Militants Are Preparing To Withdraw To Northern Aleppo

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Turkish-Backed Militants Are Preparing To Withdraw To Northern Aleppo

A fighter of the SLF on the front lines against HTS, Illustrative image

Hundreds of fighters of the National Front for Liberations (NFL) are preparing to withdraw from the northwestern Hama countryside to the Turkish-occupied areas in the northern Aleppo countryside, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on January 10.

The withdrawal is a part of a surrender agreement, which the NFL accepted after losing a battle against Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in northwestern Hama. The battle lasted for less than 24 hours.

HTS went on to intimidate the remaining NFL forces in the southern Idlib countryside then forced them to accept a very similar one-sided agreement. While the agreement doesn’t force the coalition’s militants to withdraw, many pro-opposition activists are expecting dozens of them to leave in the upcoming few days as HTS will rule their areas from now on.

Last week, HTS imposed control over most of the opposition-held part of the western Aleppo countryside after defeating the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, which is also a part of the NFL coalition. Back then, hundreds of the group’s fighters withdraw to Afrin.

The defeat of the NFL was not a surprise as local observers had stated many times that the coalitions’ fighters are not capable of fighting HTS, nor willing to do so. Now, with the radical group controlling most of northwestern Syria, Russia and its allies may find themselves forced to take a serious military action.

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  • jako

    “TURKISH-BACKED MILITANTS ARE PREPARING TO WITHDRAW” into the Erdogan’s asshole and only if he lets them in..

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    Are they still trying to hide Erdogan’s troop movements by blaming HTS, I would have thought they’d given up on that by now, there can’t be too many people left who still believe it, Erdogan supporters must be as dumb as shit.

  • Johan

    Typical for cheater Erdogan: he wants to make HTS to attack SAA so they are weakend, they need the manpiwer in Idlib, Hama. Erdogan can use the turkish backed to die in Kurdish nord Syria and after weakenin the Kurds his regulare arme can finnish them. So Israel, Egypt, Saoedi pleace deliver them anti air defence. The Russians will help Erdogan, to weaken him. Afterwarts they can be the savers for the Turks because no arm can win in a strang country if the population is against it, of course Turkey will kill them by bushes, extort them eliminate them like they did with the Armenians.