Turkish-backed militants have deployed additional anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) launchers in the southeastern Idlib countryside, the Eldorar al-Shamiyah outlet reported on December 12.
The outlet’s reporter said that step was taken to improve the militants’ “offensive capabilities” against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
Earlier, the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) announced that its militants had destroyed a 14,5 mm machine gun of the SAA in southeast Idlib with an ATGM.
A day ago, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) captured a key position in southeast Idlib from the SAA in a surprise attack. The army launched several counter-attacks afterword, attempting to recapture the position. However, it failed.
The deployment of additional ATGMs launchers in southeast Idlib and the attack by HTS indicate that the militants are preparing to further escalate the situation in the region.
Several Syrian service members were killed or injured earlier after a coalition of HTS, al-Qaeda groups and Turkish-backed factions launched a large-scale attack in southeast Idlib.