The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) targeted on August 13 and 14 several vehicles and a gathering of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) east of the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib’s southern countryside with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs).
The strikes destroyed two truck-mounted 57mm cannons, a battle tank and a vehicle near the towns of Sukayk and Tell Maraq. A gathering of Syrian soldiers in the outskirt of Tell Tar’I was also hit.
While these strikes halted the SAA advance east of Khan Shaykhun, the army was able to reach the town’s western entrance after securing the villages of Kafr Ayn, Tall Aas, Khirbat Murshid and Mantar.
This intense use of ATGMs indicates that Turkey is still supporting the NFL, which is now defending positions of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Greater Idlib.