TOPSHOT - Turkish-backed fighters from the Free Syrian Army stand in the Tal Malid area, north of Aleppo, as they fire towards Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) positions in the village of Um al-Hosh, in the area of Afrin, on January 20, 2018. Turkish forces began shelling the YPG enclave of Afrin from frontier Hatay province, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency. Turkey has said repeatedly this week that an operation to oust the YPG from Afrin is imminent and has massed troops and armour on the border. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants have launched a major counter-offensive in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday, as they attempt to retake the strategic city of Saraqib from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

Led by the National Liberation Front (NLF), the Turkish-backed militants began their counter-offensive by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the western countryside of Saraqib.

According to a military source near the city, the Syrian Arab Army was able to fend off the first wave of the militant attack, following an intense battle in western Saraqib.

The source said the second wave of the militant assault has been launched, but thus far, the National Liberation Front and their jihadist allies have been unable to breach any of the Syrian Army’s positions.

The Syrian Arab Army recaptured the strategic city of Saraqib on Monday after a short battle with the Turkish-backed militants and their jihadist allies.

Since then, they have retaken more sites around Saraqib, including a number of towns and villages west of the city.

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2020-03-04 13:49

Saraqib is important for the Syrian Government as the M4 and M5 highways intersect there joining all the important cities in Syria together. If the Turks and their jihadi lackeys control that city then Syria long term will not be viable as a country. The previous post about Saraqib has the Russians patrolling the city. The Turkish-backed jihadis will have to get through the Russians who will hopefully increase its involvement in the defense of the city. In my opinion, this will be the defining battle for the future of Syria. The big question is whether the Russians will be… Read more »

Ronnie
Ronnie
2020-03-04 15:19

Erdogan is a beardless isis cockroach and must be exterminated