Syrian Army Ready To Conduct Anti-Terror Operation In Idlib De-Escalation Zone - Reports

Syrian Army Ready to Conduct Anti-Terror Operation in Idlib De-Escalation Zone - Reports

The Syrian Army has completed logistic preparation and is ready for a possible operation against terrorists, who violate the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone, local media reported on Monday citing sources

DAMASCUS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 11th February, 2019) The Syrian Army has completed logistic preparation and is ready for a possible operation against terrorists, who violate the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone, local media reported on Monday citing sources.

On January 31, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants were actively building up their forces along the contact line in Syria's Idlib.

"The Syrian government army is on a combat alert to carry out a potential military operation in the direction of the demilitarized zone, established in accordance with the agreement from September 17, after the Turkish guarantor has failed to fulfill commitments," a source told the al-Watan newspaper.

The source also said that the Nusra Front terrorist organization (banned in Russia) and its new cell, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, instead of pulling out had strengthened their positions in the de-escalation zone and expelled the armed pro-Turkish opposition from the settlements.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in September agreed to set up a demilitarized zone in Idlib along the contact line of the armed opposition and the government forces by October 15.

However, not all militants have laid down weapons and sporadic violence continued. At a joint press conference with Putin in January, Erdogan said that the two countries would continue their cooperation in Idlib as more than 10 different militant groups were still operating there.

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