Idlib Zone And Afrin Remain Main Hot Points In Syria (Map)

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By the middle of 2019, northwestern Syria had turned into the main hot point in the  war-turn country. The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and pro-Turkish militant groups are still struggling to secure the area of Afrin captured from the People’s Protection Units [YPG; a Kurdish rebel group affilated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is considered a terrroist group in Turkey]. Since 2018, the YPG-affilated Afrin Liberation Forces have carried out dozens of attacks on positions and convoys of the TAF and its proxies.

At the same time, the situation is tense in the Idlib de-escalation zone. The demilitarization zone agreement and the ceasefire regime agreed by Turkey, Russia and Iran in the Astana format is in fact not working. Turkish-backed militant groups are not hurrying up to break ties with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and other terrorists. Instead, they are actively cooperating in attempts to pressure the  Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northwestern Hama. This sets ground for constant clashes and tensions in the area.

A brief overview of the recen developments:

Idlib Zone And Afrin Remain Main Hot Points In Syria (Map)

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  • Joe Dickson

    The YPG gave up on Afrin some months ago.