150 Ahrar al-Sham militants were transferred from Aleppo city to Idlib province yesterday following a deal signed by Damascus, Moscow and a local Islamist commander. The combattants were moved by bus from the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood through government-held western Aleppo into rebel-held areas west of the city.
With similar deals underway in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is moving ever closer to securing Syria’s two largest cities. However, the deals also provide the Jaish al-Fateh coalition in Idlib with a steady supply of manpower which in turn will help Islamist rebels in upcoming offensives in the provinces of Latakia, Hama and western Aleppo.
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