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Syria opposition launch new offensive against regime in Idlib

14 January, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Attacks Intensify in Syria's 'De-Escalation' Zones

Russia's Defence Ministry had asked the Turkish military on Wednesday to tighten control over armed groups in Idlib after two groups of drones attacked Russian bases on January 6.

The al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee (LLC) refused to join the two rebel operation parts, and chose to fight the Syrian army alone, according to the report.

The activists said the warplane belonged to the Syrian army. The Syrian army, supported by Iran-backed militias and Russian air power, began an offensive in late October in Hama province.

Militant forces linked to the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda are reinforcing their positions opposite Syrian Arab Army lines in southwest Aleppo province after initially disengaging from the region several days ago, Al-Masdar News says.

Rebels said they had captured some 15 villages and seized 60 government fighters.

"We are witnessing a clear intensification of Russia's military strategy, with systematic attacks on civilian facilities perpetrated with total disregard for worldwide law", warns Fadel Abdul Ghany, Chairperson of the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR). The source said fierce battles were however underway in the area and army advances were continuing.

The largest opposition-held area, Idlib has been under attack for many months with Syrian and Iranian forces escalating airstrikes and ground assaults in the past three weeks, resulting in a string of villages being won by the regime.

The area is part of a de-escalation zone agreement in the Kazakh capital Astana previous year between Turkey, which supports rebel groups, and Assad allies Iran and Russian Federation.

Ankara is concerned that wider fighting in the province could bring tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing from the battlefields on its borders far beyond the numbers now fleeing.



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