The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have repelled a large Turkish-led attack which targeted its newly-established positions in western Aleppo.
Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the National Front for Liberation (NFL) took part in the attack that was launched on February 12 afternoon. The Turkish military artillery and rocket launchers provided the militants with direct support.
Despite Turkish support, the SAA repelled the attack within an hour. Furthermore, the army’s BM-27 and BM-30 heavy rocket launchers responded to the attack by targeting the sources of fire.
According to pro-government sources, more than 13 Turkish-backed militants were killed in the attack, which targeted the towns of Miznaz, Kafr Halab and Sheikh Ali.
During the attack, a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) of HTS attacked a position of the SAA in the outskirt of Sheikh Ali. Pro-government activists claimed that the suicide attack was carried out under the cover of Turkish artillery, claiming that the SVBIED was destroyed before reaching its target.
A day earlier, the army repelled a similar Turkish-led attack in southern Idlib. These attack are a very clear example of the close coordination between the Turkish military and terrorist groups in Greater Idlib.