Is Second Battle For Greater Idlib Near?

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Is Second Battle For Greater Idlib Near?

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On December 4 and 5, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) deployed fresh reinforcements around the northwestern region of Greater Idlib where several terrorist groups roam free right under the eyes of Turkish forces.

The reinforcements, which included personnel and equipment, were deployed in the al-Ghab Plains in the northwestern Hama countryside, according the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and other sources.

“Military vehicles carrying large military and logistical supplies and soldier were seen arriving in al-Amaqiyyah and Tanjarah in al-Ghab Plains,” the monitoring group said in report.

The deployment of the reinforcements coincided with intense SAA artillery strikes on militant positions near the towns of Kansafra, Al-Bara, Al-Fterah, Sfuhen, Fulayfel and Bayanin, all located in the al-Zawiyah Mount in Idlib’s southern countryside.

Greater Idlib is currently dominated by a coalition of al-Qaeda-linked factions and Turkish-backed groups led by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.

Two days ago, the Turkish Armed Forces deployed large reinforcements in Greater Idlib, where they maintain more than 60 military positions.

The military buildup in Greater Idlib may be a sign of a near battle in the region. Exactly nine months ago, a fierce battle in the region ended with a Russian-Turkish de-escalation agreement. Ankara has not honored its commitments under the agreement, thus far.

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