During the last few days, several units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 4th Division were redeployed from the northern al-Suwayda countryside to frontlines in the northern Lattakia countryside and the northwestern Hama countryside, a military source told SouthFront on November 30.
According to the source, the 4th Division is currently preparing for a possible military operation against remaining radical militants within the demilitarized zone around the governorate of Idlib. However, the source noted that the operation is yet to be confirmed.
Militants violated the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement on a regular basis during the last few weeks. They even used chemical weapons to target a residential area in the city of Aleppo on November 24 injuring more than 100 civilians.
Earlier this month, Syrian and Lebanese sources reported that the Damascus government and its allies are considering a military operation against the militants in Idlib. Russia’s special presidential envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, also stressed during a recent press conference that Russia is ready to support efforts to eliminate the al-Qaeda terrorists.
Despite all of these indications of a nearing military operation in Idlib, Russia and the Damascus government will likely opt to give the demilitarized zone agreement a second chance, if Turkey takes real steps to implement it.