BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed militant factions were involved in a series of intense clashes on Friday, resulting in casualties for all parties involved.

According to a report from northwestern Syria, the clashes began on Friday when the militant forces carried out a surprise attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions along the Jabal Al-Zawiya axis n southern Idlib.

The report said the militants inflicted some casualties in the ranks of the Syrian Army near the town of Kafr Nabl; this lead to a fierce response from the SAA and its allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF).

The Syrian Army’s response targeted the militant positions inside the town of Al-Bara’, which has become a logistical stronghold for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed forces.

A source from the SAA said that the militants suffered heavy losses as a result of their counter-attack.

Since the start of May, the clashes between the Syrian Army and militant groups have intensified, despite the March 5th Moscow Agreement, which established an open-ended ceasefire.

The Syrian Army contends that the ceasefire cannot be maintained because the militants have not withdrawn from all towns and villages south of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway).

Turkey has responded by threatening to use force against the Syrian military, should they launch any offensive in Idlib, Aleppo, Hama, or Latakia.

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2020-05-17 02:53

“Surprise militiants attack ,” ? So, SAA expects that militant be drinking coffee, going to a party, or swimming in a near by pool, isn’t it ?