The Syrian army launched a large-scale artillery strike on militants in Latakia
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attacked fortifications of militants in the city of Kabani in northern Latakia, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Lebanese news agency AMN and Krasnaya Vesna.
Government forces dealt a massive blow from artillery and rocket launchers to terrorist fortifications in the highlands of Latakia. According to the publication, the Syrian army is preparing an offensive and wants to drive the militants out of Kaban.
The city is being held by terrorists from Khayyat Tahrir Al-Sham and the Islamic Party of Turkestan.
The latter group consists of Syrian Turkoman and Uighurs and was marked by calls for the killing of Christians and Alawites in Syria, as well as training for suicide bombers.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came 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 negotiations 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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