Turkish Govt. has sent 14,000 terrorists from Aleppo to Khan Sheikhoun to prevent collapse of the strategic region, Syrian sources said.
The Arabic-language Syrian Documentation Center quoted special sources as saying on Saturday that Ankara has dispatched thousands of militants from the occupied areas in Aleppo to Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib to block the Syrian army’s advance and control over the region.
They added that over half of the terrorists are those who had earlier fought for Turkey under the ‘Euphrates Shield’ and ‘Olive Brach’ operations while 6,000 of them are members of Jund al-Aqsa militants, affiliated to the ISIL.
The sources said that Khan Sheikhoun battle is vital and decisive for the terrorist groups, adding that Ankara is making strenuous attempts to prevent its collapse.
They also said that the Syrian army has reached areas 2km away from Khan Sheikoun gates, noting that at present the army and the Syrian and Russian air force are targeting the terrorists’ defense lines with heavy fire.
Relevant reports also said on Friday that the Turkey-backed elite terrorists had been dispatched to Hama and Idlib from Northern Aleppo to save their military bases against the Syrian army advances as other government troops continue their march in Southern Idlib.
The Syrian Army troops continued their clashes with Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists in Southern Idlib, and regained control of Mailis Farms and Kafar Tab, North of the town of Um Zeitouneh and West of Khan Sheikhoun after cleansing those region from terrorists.
The sources affiliated to terrorist groups quoted Abu Hatam Shaqra, commander of Ankara-backed Tajamo Ahrar al-Sharqieh, as saying that the third group of elite militants and military equipment have been sent from occupied territories in Aleppo to battlefronts in Hama and Idlib to confront the Syrian Army and prevent its military advances.
The Syrian Army is very close now to the strategic city of Khan Sheikhoun which is a key stronghold of the terrorists in Idlib province.
Once Khan Sheikhoun comes under control, Ma’aret al-Numan Road will be the next target of the Syrian army.