The army units in the Northern parts of the town of Mharadeh in Northern Hama targeted the terrorists’ moves towards the army positions near the village of al-Jaisat with artillery fire, leaving heavy damage on the militants.
Also, the Syrian army troops in Southeastern Idlib attacked the moves of the militants towards the army-held areas in Haysh, Dar al-Salam, Babolin, Um Jalal, al-Tamane’ah, al-Khowin, Um al-Khalakhil, al-Zarzour and Sakik regions, inflicting heavy tolls and damage on them.
Meantime, media activists reported that the Russia-run Humeimim airbase in the coastal province of Lattakia has blown up a drone of the militants in the air.
Also, the Syrian army’s artillery units attacked the terrorists’ positions in the town of Kabaneh and the nearby areas in Northeastern Lattakia.
The army forces also warded off attacks by Harz al-Mo’menin terrorist group from Job al-Ahmar in Northeastern Lattakia after heavy clashes, killing a number of them; other militants retreated the region towards Jisr al-Shaqour.
Meantime, reports from Southwestern Aleppo said that the Syrian army has targeted the terrorists’ positions in response to their offensives on residential areas in Jamiat al-Zahra region.
The terrorists’ refusal to implement the Sochi Agreement to establish a demilitarized zone is pushing the army to initiate its long-waited assault on militants in Idlib that had been put on hold due to the Sochi Agreement.
Colonel Mar’ei Hamdan, a Syrian military expert, was quoted by the Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency as saying earlier this month that Tahrir al-Sham is in control of nearly 70% of towns and villages in Idlib province and makes provocative moves against the Syrian army, adding that the army’s commitment to decrease tensions is not lasting forever.
He added that the Syrian army has so far repelled all attacks by terrorists against its positions and inflicted heavy damages on them, noting that the army is now necessitated to come out of the defensive mood to retake control of Idlib.
Hamdan said that Tahrir al-Sham will resort to a full-scale military operation against the Syrian and Russian armies soon, after rejecting the Sochi agreement last October, which leaves no room for ceasefire or disarmament anymore, and underlined that the Syrian army’s battle against Tahrir al-Sham is inevitable.
Meantime, the Turkey-backed Ahrar al-Sham and National Liberation Front (NLF) terrorist groups has also dismissed the Russian-Turkish Sochi agreement and is preparing for military operations against the army in Northern Syria, calling for a coalition with Tahrir al-Sham.
Tahrir al-Sham and other allied terrorist groups have not left the demilitarized zone two months after the Sochi agreement and have instead reinvigorated their strongholds and targeted the army positions every day.
Relevant reports said that the Turkey-backed NLF had put its gunmen on alert to launch a heavy offensive against the Syrian army in the demilitarized zone in Idlib province.
The Arabic-language al-Watan reported that the Turkey-backed NLF had kept its fighters in and outside the demilitarized zone, envisioned in the Sochi Agreement, on alert for imminent war against the army.