The Arabic-language al-Watan quoted a source, affiliated to the Turkey-backed National Liberation Front, as disclosing that Tahrir al-Sham has intensified its military movements across its regions in Northwestern and Northern Syria.
It further said that Tahrir al-Sham has reinvigorated its combat capabilities near the international highways that should be reopened according to the Sochi Agreement, adding that Tahrir al-Sham intends to drive the National Liberation Front out of its remaining positions near the highways from Aleppo to Hama and Lattakia.
Tahrir al-Sham has dispatched a large number of militants to regions near the town of Ariah which is the most important region controlled by Ahrar al-Sham and the National Liberation Front, al-Watan went on to say, adding that Tahrir al-Sham has also forwarded a huge number of gunmen to areas East of the town of Saraqib and regions near the town of Kafr Amim in Eastern Idlib that are under Faylaq al-Sham’s control and also to the outskirts of the town of Ma’arat al-Nu’aman.
Ma’arat al-Nu’aman is the last base of the Turkey-backed militants along Aleppo’s highway to Hama, al-Watan reported, adding that Turkey’s attempts to expel Tahrir al-Sham from the demilitarized zone in Northern Syria have failed, thus far.
On Sunday, Tahrir al-Sham stormed NLF’s positions in the village of al-Saharah North of the town of al-Aratab in Western Aleppo to reinvigorate its positions near the strategic road to find a leverage on Turkey over Sochi Agreement.
Tahrir al-Sham captured vast regions in its recent attacks on the rival terrorists in Idlib province.
Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at captured al-Roj Plain, Janat al-Qara, Zizoun, al-Sahn and al-Laj regions and highway that connects Aleppo to Lattakia via Idlib.
Tahrir al-Sham as the most powerful terrorist group in Northern and Northwestern Syria is on the brink of seizing full control of Idlib province, a local source said.
In the meantime, the Turkistani Islamic Party with over 10,000 riflemen has been backed up by Turkey via secret border-crossing in the village of Ein al-Baydh at Syria-Turkey border, the source said, adding that Turkistani is the main rival for Tahrir al-Sham.