BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian newspaper Al-Watan revealed that the Syrian Arab Army is adhering to the truce for the success of Moscow’s efforts to implement the Russian-Turkish agreement.

Private sources stated to the Syrian newspaper “Al-Watan” that the Turkish army continues to bring more soldiers and military vehicles to its headquarters in Idlib.

According to Al-Watan, however, several areas in the Idlib Governorate will be handed over to the Syrian Arab Army in order to ensure the safety of the region south of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia).

The Al-Watan sources added:”The remaining enclave in the possession of terrorists south of the safe zone and south of the highway will monitor Jisr Al-Shughour, up to the administrative borders of the Latakia Governorate, and includes the rest of the villages and towns of the northwestern part of the Al-Ghaab Plain.

They specified these towns in the northwestern part of the Al-Ghaab Plain will be handed over to the Syrian Army, despite the presence of jihadist groups like the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.

It does not seem likely that the jihadist groups will give up these areas without a fight; however, per the Moscow agreement, these militants are supposed to withdraw from the area by March 15.

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2020-03-12 15:06

This is not a benefit of the ceasefire agreement Turkey-Russia, but it is a consequence of SAA offensive in Idlib.

2020-03-12 21:39

Will the jihadists and other groups give up their territory south of the M4 willingly? I doubt it. Best though if the SAA does not attack them, not yet. Wait until after the expiration of the time allowed for them to withdraw, that is until after the 15th. Then ask the Russians to request to the Turks that they put extreme pressure on those groups to withdraw; give them, let’s say 72 hours to comply. Then formally declare that those groups are in breach of the Russian-Turkish agreement and *make sure that that declaration gets publicised outside Syria*. Don’t let… Read more »