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Syrian army launches major attack across southern Idlib

20 Sep 2018, 20:07 GMT+10

PanARMENIAN.Net - Despite the recent Turkish-Russian agreement, the intense shelling between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and rival forces in the Idlib Governorate has yet to dissipate, Al-Masdar News says.

According to a military source in Hama, the Syrian Arab Army launched a powerful attack across the southern Idlib axis, targeting several trenches that were dug up by the jihadist rebels of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies.

The military source said the Syrian Arab Army concentrated most of their artillery shells and missiles on the jihadist trenches that were dug between the towns of Khan Sheikhoun and Khuwayn in southern Idlib.

A Syrian Arab Army source in Damascus said on Wednesday, September 19 that the military has yet to pull back their troops from the Idlib-Hama axis, adding that they have not yet received information regarding the location of the demilitarized zone.

With Russian and Turkish soldiers preparing to deploy to this newly agreed upon buffer-zone, it appears that if the Syrian Arab Army does in fact launch an offensive in Idlib, it will likely be concentrated on the strategic district of Jisr Al-Shughour in the southwestern part of the province.

Jisr Al-Shughour has long been a militant stronghold and it hosts two of the largest groups: Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party.

Both of the aforementioned militant groups have a large number of foreign combatants that have proven incredibly important in the previous rebel offensives in the Idlib Governorate.

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