FILE PHOTO Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters © Erik de Castro / Reuters

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – A source from the Syrian military told Al-Masdar News last night that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) may potentially team up for the government’s upcoming Idlib offensive.

According to the source in Damascus, the Syrian Democratic Council (SDF) met with the Syrian government last week to discuss a number of topics, including potential military cooperation.

The source said that the SDC, the political arm of the SDF, offered to take part in the Idlib offensive and help limit Turkey’s sphere of influence in the northern part of the country.

While nothing is official, the source said that if the military cooperation does happen in Idlib, it be an imperative step towards reconciliation and a political settlement in northern Syria.

The Idlib Governorate offensive that is referenced above has to deal with the Syrian Arab Army’s upcoming operation to retake the strategic district of Jisr Al-Shughour in the southwestern part of the province.

Jisr Al-Shughour and the Al-Ghaab Plain located south of the district are two imperative areas in northwest Syria that are used as launching points for jihadist attacks against the government forces.

Furthermore, the Turkish border-crossing near Jisr Al-Shughour has allowed the jihadist rebels of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham to deeply entrench themselves in this part of northwest Syria.

Turkey will not likely approve of the Syrian Army’s upcoming northern Latakia and Jisr Al-Shughour offensives, which could escalate the situation in northwest Syria if the two parties encounter one another.

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The Syrian Army will rely on the Russian military to mediate between the two parties in order to avoid any potential confrontation.

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Piotr Rokosz

And Idlib will be under SDF or only partial SAA control? Syria must win. Idlib must be under Syrian control.

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RU should support Syria, not TR!
Even if some concessions will have to made to TR, RU’s primary duty should be towards its old allies first, not to the “newer” ones!

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EXACTLY how I predicted more than 2 years ago and even better since no Killary around => Yanks gave the green light…
Well, this news will not only end with Erdogan having an ugly face : it ruins Tamim proects, but also will drive Soleimani and Khamenei bonkers, since they hoped Syria to become their b****h.
This means not only SAA+Russia teaming with SDF/YPG but also with the Yanks and the French.
This is real-politik at work.
Very interesting.

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ziad welds

syria is not teaming with yanks or french you moron and this is all speculation so far about sdf joining saa,,,if they think they are going to get there own autonomy out of this and more than what they had before they are dreaming

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Ah, some deep Arab racism, how jolly. Did you hold your ISIS stink-finger in the air?