Syria Army Targets Militants’ Positions in Idlib, Hama
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Syrian army and its allies on Thursday launched retaliatory attacks against militants on the outskirts of Idlib and Hama, inflicting major losses on them.
SANA’s reporter said that Syrian forces destroyed terrorists’ dens in the towns and villages of Kafr Nubbul, Hass, Basqala, Hish, Baboulin, Ma’asaran and Khan al-Soboul in Idlib.
In Hama, the forces targeted the positions of the terrorists in the areas of Hasraya, al-Arbain, al-Latamina and Kafr Zita in the northern countryside, the report added.
The areas are located in a planned buffer zone, which surrounds Idlib and also parts of the adjacent provinces of Aleppo and Hama.
Under a deal reached following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in September, all militants should have withdrawn from the demilitarization zone by October 15.
However, al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri terrorists said they refuse to either leave the buffer zone or hand over their weapons.
Moscow believed that the 15-20 kilometer buffer zone would help stop attacks from Idlib-based militants on Syrian army positions and Russia's military bases in the flashpoint region.
Idlib and some surrounding areas are the last major bastions of Takfiri terrorists and anti-government militants in Syria, where the Syrian government has in recent months retaken much of the territory it had lost since the conflict erupted in the country in 2011.