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Terrorists plan to attack Russian checkpoints in Syria, SAA source said

DAMASCUS, (BM) – Sources in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reported that the terrorist group Hurras ad-Din plans to begin a series of attacks on the Russian military in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing AvaiPro.

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According to reports, attacks are planned to be conducted against Russian observation posts using cars driven by suicide bombers.

“According to a source in the intelligence of the Syrian Arab army, the illegal armed group Hurras ad-Din plans to launch a series of attacks in the Idlib zone against the location of Russian military police units, roadblocks and patrol routes. The militants plan to carry out attacks in the dark, to achieve the effect of surprise, and also using cars driven by suicide bombers stuffed with explosives,” reports the Telegram community of WarJournal.

The information may be quite reliable, since earlier terrorists of several groups at once called for attacks on the Russian military and open confrontation, while earlier, on one of the highways, an improvised explosive device was blown up, which, as it is supposed, the militants intended to blow up a convoy with Russian the military.

Experts say that despite two weeks of relative calm in Idlib, the situation is gradually aggravating, so the day before the militants launched a large-scale attack against the Syrian military.

BulgarianMilitary.com early reported that Turkey but deployed its short-range air defense system in Idlib province.

Recall that on 27 October 2019, members of the group were killed during a US raid targeting ISIL’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Barisha. A commander of the group named Abu Muhammad al-Halabi, the owner of the house Baghdadi was staying at, was killed during the raid.

An Iraqi intelligence official and Hisham al-Hashimi have stated to The Independent that Halabi was also a smuggler, which is why the ISIL head and his family utilized his services.

On 12 February 2020, Abu Yaqoub Kabul, a senior al-Qaeda-affiliated Horras al-Din commander of the al-Muahideen Army was killed in a targeted Russian airstrike in Western Aleppo during the 5th Northwestern Syria offensive.

On March 5, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, entered into an agreement according to which a ceasefire regime entered into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.

The reason for the Russian-Turkish summit talks was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began. Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts.

After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.

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