Militants Continue Attacking Syrian Army Positions Near Idlib Despite Turkish Patrols In Demilitarized Zone (Map)

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On March 8, units of the Turkish Army started patrols in the Idlib demilitarized zone established in western Syria, mostly in northern Hama and southwestern Idlib. The move was promoted as a major step towards the de-escalation and was supposed to put an end to daily ceasefire violatinos in the area. Furthermore, some sources reported that soon Turkish forces will prople a long-awaited reopening of the M5 highway establishing a road between Hama and Aleppo.

Nothing of these has happened.

Immidiatelly after the first Turkish patrol, the so-called opposition, mainly Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Jaysh al-Izza and the Turkistan Islamic Party, resumed attacks on Syrian Army positions along the constant line. They even shelled towns and civilian areas deep inside the government-controlled area.

This situation once again showed that the de-escalation in the Idlib province and nearby areas remains hardly possible while “opposition groups” like Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies remain undefeated.

A brief overview of the recent developments in the area:

  • Pro-militant sources claim that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham raided several government-linked “cells” in Idlib city;
  • Clashes between militants and pro-government forces were reported in the Research Center and the Lirmun district in the Aleppo countryside;
  • The M5 highway remained closed despite previous claims that Turkish forces are going to work to propel its reopening;
  • The Turkish Army conducted patrols in the demilitarized zone in northern Hama and southeastern Idlib. Despite this, ceasefire violations continue;
  • Government forces reportedly shelled the militant-held town of Kafrniji;
  • Two civilians were reportedly killed in an artillery strike by government forces on the village of Telmans;
Militants Continue Attacking Syrian Army Positions Near Idlib Despite Turkish Patrols In Demilitarized Zone (Map)

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  • Promitheas Apollonious

    ok………. and?

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      As always nothing

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        true

  • gustavo

    It is clear for everybody but Russia that Idlib area is under terrorists and Turkey control, and the terrorists will continue attack SAA every where on the border of the area under Turkey (and Russia) protection. Puting must stop pleasing Erdogan and allow SAA-Hezbolah-Iran-Russia ground troops to take over Idlib area and get rid totally of terrorists and Turkish.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      you mean turkish created and backed terrorists or should we say extension of the grey wolves and ertoklan, in order to be more accurate.

  • Taz T

    Turkey is the problem and unfortunately the Russian are giving them opportunity to occupy Syria and support her terrorists friends.

    • gustavo

      Exactly.

  • Johan

    Al-sham and Turkey that the same.

  • jim crowland

    Turkey must be partitioned. Kurds can form their own country. Armenia can get Armenian lands currently occupied by Turks. Greeks can get back their lands including Constantinople. Russia can get a chunk. Erdogan should be put in jail as well as his caricaturist wife. What is left will be the new Turkey.

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      Fantastic news from brainless scumbag amcik

    • Sinbad2

      My thoughts exactly, and it would have happened a long time ago if not for the support of the FUKUS nations.

  • Jacob Wohl’s Nose

    SYAF and RuAF currently striking Idlib’s jihadis with many airstrikes.
    where u at Jacob Wohl? u said the USA would throw 6,000,000 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian Army if they attacked Idlib’s terrorists. poor Rocket Nose :(