On November 27, militants of the Turkish-backed 1st Coastal Division attacked Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the northern Lattakia countryside.
The militants targeted a group of four SAA soldiers with a Fagot anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) near the Kurd Mount, killing and injuring them all. A few minutes later, the militants launched a second ATGM at a unit that moved to rescue the first group.
The 1st Coastal Division is a member of the so-called National Front for Liberation. The coalition is Turkey’s main proxy in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib.
The attack was likely a response to recent Russian airstrikes on militants’ positions in northern Lattakia. The airstrikes targeted the outskirts of the town of Kabani.
Turkish-backed militants in Greater Idlib are allied with al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and a number of other terrorist groups.
Ankara, which maintains a large force in Greater Idlib, is not only doing nothing to separate its proxies from terrorists, but also ignoring the repeated violations of the ceasefire in the region. This could soon lead to a dangerous military escalation.
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