BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 A.M.) – Hardline jihadist militants of the Turkistan Islamic Party have conducted their expected counter-offensive against the Syrian Arab Army in the southeastern countryside of Idlib province aimed at driving back government troops from a key airbase in the region.
Moments ago, the Turkistan Islamic Party announced that it had launched a major counter-offensive against the Syrian Arab Army in southern Idlib. The stated goal of the operation is to drive back Syrian troops from Idlib province’s southeastern countryside.
Almost a week ago, the Salafist jihadist militia flaunted pictures of it moving armored and motorized forces from its base areas around Jisr ash-Sughur in western Idlib towards the province’s eastern countryside. It is undoubtedly the case that these forces are part of the counter-offensive.
So far, the jihadist faction claims to have “taken back some land” and killed “tens of [Syrian Army] soldiers” as well as destroyed an army tank. No specific town names or numbers were mentioned beyond this.
Turkistan Islamic Party is one of the most powerful armed rebel groups in northwest Syria, being comprised of Uyghur colonists who travailed to the Levantine country from western China.