Al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din and Ansar al-Tawhid are amassing their forces in the southern part of the Syrian region of Greater Idlib and preparing to launch a large-scale offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies, RusVesna.SU reported on April 28.
The outlet released a video showing reinforcements from both terrorist groups amassing in the outskirts of the town of Knaddah, which is located 40 km to the west of Idlib city. The reinforcements included pickup trucks, rocket launchers, around 300 militants, as well as a number of trucks loaded with ammunition.
The video was taken by a reconnaissance plane of the Russian Aerospace Forces, which are keeping a close eye on the movements of Horas al-Din and Ansar al-Tawhid.
While Horas al-Din is in a conflict with al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib, Ansar al-Tawhid is a close ally of the group.
The terrorists’ plan to launch a large-scale offensive against the SAA and its allies will certainly jeopardize the ceasefire in Greater Idlib. The ceasefire was brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5 of last year.
Horas al-Din and Ansar al-Tawhid will not be able to launch an offensive without the approval of HTS, which controls all frontlines in Greater Idlib.
Meanwhile, Turkey, which maintains thousands of troops in Greater Idlib, is doing nothing whatsoever to implement the March 5 agreement. Ankara’s passive attitude may soon lead to a serious military confrontation in Greater Idlib.
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