Militant groups have increased combat activity in Syria’s Idlib, Homs and Latakia provinces, using aerial drones and suicide bombers to attack positions of Syrian government forces, the head of the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said on Friday.
“Of particular concern is the situation in Idlib province where illegal armed groups that joined the ranks of Nusra Front terrorist organization [banned in Russia] have increased combat activity,” Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov said at a daily briefing.
“There have been attempts by extremists to break through the Syrian army defenses in the northern part of Homs province with the use of suicide bombers, as well as attacks on the positions of government troops in Latakia province,” Tsygankov said.
“Launches of attack aerial drones are being carried out from the territory occupied by militants,” the general added.
According to Tsygankov, units of the Syrian government forces “are forced to take appropriate measures to stabilize the situation in the region.”