BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:50 P.M.) – Turkey is not giving up their plans to launch a large-scale “anti-terror” operation in northern Syria, despite several setbacks for their rebel allies in the Aleppo and Idlib provinces.
Speaking to Al-Masdar from the Al-Zahra’a Association Quarter in Aleppo city, a Syrian military officer said that the Turkish-backed rebels have made no strides to retake the ground they lost in either Idlib or Aleppo.
According to the military officer, the Turkish-backed rebels have kept a large force at the northern outskirts of Manbij and Tal Rifa’at, prompting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to remain on high alert near these towns.
He would add that Turkey is not too concerned with the rebel infighting that is wrecking havoc inside Aleppo and Idlib because they are more focused on their upcoming military operation east of the Euphrates River.
The Syrian Arab Army may decide to take advantage of this rebel infighting in the near future as they look to expand their territorial presence in northwestern Syria.