On January 26, 2021, on the front line in the rural south of Idlib province, fierce fighting broke out between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and pro-Turkish fighters from the National Liberation Front. (FLN), Lebanon’s Al Masdar News reported.
A skirmish with mortar and artillery bombardments between SAA and FLN was observed in the cities of Al-Fatira, Al-Baraa, Kafr Nabl, Jebel al-Zawiya and Kansafra. The sides are pulling reinforcements in this direction.
Amid the ongoing artillery fight between SAA and FLN, Turkey and Russia conducted another joint patrol on the M4 highway (the Latakia – Aleppo link) in Idlib.
It should be recalled that the FLN and a group of pro-Turkish rebels – Free Syrian Army (FSA), in the fall of 2020 merged into a coalition – the Syrian National Army (SNA), controlled by Ankara. . At the same time, the SNA is organized with the mission to fight the jihadists of the Jabhat al-Nusra group (classified by Russia as a terrorist).
On January 27, 2021, pro-Turkish fighters, supported by the Regular Armed Forces of Ankara, continued shelling on the territories under the control of the Kurdish-Arab Alliance. The US-sponsored Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is north of Syria and east of the Euphrates River.
In Al Raqqa province, the city of Ain Issa was hit with rockets and artillery, while in Al-Hasakah province, the city of Tal Tamr has also recorded different levels of fighting.
All signs suggest that Turkey is planning another strike in this direction in the coming months, despite the presence of the Syrian Army and the Russian military police. This prompted Russian troops to begin patrolling the area, the Lebanese press summarized.
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In another development, the situation in Daraa was marked by more serious skirmishes in the city of Tafas, the center of a region within Syria – between the border with Jordan and Israel.
The Syrian army dispatched the 4th Division to the above location and conducted bombardments through tank artillery at the local clan’s militants, after a period of fighting, the two sides agreed to have peace. Russian prize.
To stabilize the situation, a group of Russian military police came to the area, along with representatives of the Center for Reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria.