BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 A.M.) – A powerful jihadist faction in Syria made up almost exclusively of Uyghur colonists from western China is sending major reinforcements to southeastern Idlib province in order to help other militant groups repel an ongoing and seemingly unstoppable Syrian Arab Army offensive throughout the region.
On Sunday, the media arm of the Turkistan Islamic Party – a jihadist militia in Syria formed by Uyghur colonists – released photos of the armed group moving mechanized and motorized reinforcements from western Idlib to the province’s southeast countryside.
Among the large convoy showcased by the jihadist group were main battle tanks, cannon-armed gun trucks, technicals and towed artillery.
Since Syrian army-led forces commenced major offensive operations in northern Hama and southeast Idlib almost two weeks ago, units of the Turkistan Islamic Party have already found themselves heavily engaged against government troops.
With this latest development it appears that the jihadist militia only intends to expand its commitment to turning back advances of the Syrian Arab Army in southeast idlib by committing more of its mobile reserve forces.