AL-QAEDA-LINKED MILITANTS ADVANCE IN BATTLES WITH TURKEY-BACKED REBELS IN NORTHERN SYRIA
DAMASCUS, Syria, The al-Qaeda-linked militants captured 13 villages, during the current battles with the Turkey-backed rebels in northern Syria, as the latter declared mobilisation, to face the al-Qaeda-linked groups and retake all the fallen areas, the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported.
The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the umbrella group of the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, attacked several villages on Wednesday, and succeeded to advance in the battles against the Turkey-backed National Liberation Front (NLF), an alliance of Turkey-backed rebels, in the western countryside of Aleppo province.
For its side, the NLF called for mobilisation and raised the alert among its fighters and allied groups, to face the HTS and retake the areas fallen to the al-Qaeda-linked militants in the western countryside of Aleppo.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, tens of people and fighters were killed in the first 24 hours of the battles, which started this week. It added that, the fighting has started to expand to areas in the nearby Idlib Province, in north-western Syria.
The Britain-based watchdog group said, the HTS aims to capture more areas in Aleppo, to consolidate its positions and squash rival rebel groups, including in Idlib, where the HTS enjoys considerable sway.
It’s worth noting that, areas in the western countryside of Aleppo are included in the deescalation zones’ deal reached between Turkey and Russia in Sept, last year.
For its side, the Syrian army has been targeting positions of the al-Qaeda-linked groups in northern Hama.
The army carried out precise strikes on positions of the terrorists, who were sneaking towards military positions in the northern countryside of Hama, in the areas included in the deescalation zones’ deal.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORKhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/al-qaeda-linked-militants-advance-in-battles-with-turkey-backed-rebels-in-northern-syria/Politics