The Syrian Army has repelled an attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and other radical Idlib groups on the town of Naryab in the western part of Idlib province.
The attack supported by Turkey started early on February 11 as a part of the wider campaign to capture Saraiqb. Turkey provided the attack with a limited artillery support and a Syrian military helicopter was shot down by some ‘mysterious’ MANPAD. The Turkish Defense Ministry even claimed in an official statement via Twitter that the town had been captured. However, Turkish-backed forces failed to make and secure any real gains.
Alınan son bilgilere göre; İdlib bölgesindeki An Nayrab’dan rejim unsurlarının çıktığı ve Rejime ait 1 helikopterin düştüğü öğrenilmiştir.
— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) February 11, 2020
Pro-government sources claim that Naryab was a trap and the Syrian Army ambushed militants that entered the town. Regardless, the failure of the attack is another major fail for the Erdogan government in Idlib.
Additionally, government forces reportedly entered the areas of Khan al-Asal and Kafr Nouran, where clashes between the Syrian Army and militants erupted. Earlier, the Syrian Army liberated the Rashidin 4 district in western Aleppo from militants.
Meanwhile, airstrikes of the Syrian Air Force hit the area near Turkish positions near the village of Qaminas in eastern Idlib. Nonetheless, reports about supposed Turkish casualties in the strike remain unconfirmed.
— Mohammed Ghorab (@MGhorab3) February 11, 2020
The US is already here to support innocent Turkish troops attacked by Assad forces in Idlib:
My condolences to the families of the soldiers killed in yesterday's attack in Idlib. The ongoing assaults by the Assad regime and Russia must stop. I've sent Jim Jeffrey to Ankara to coordinate steps to respond to this destabilizing attack. We stand by our NATO Ally #Turkey.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 11, 2020