Regarding to the talk of a diplomatic source, involved in the Sochi talks on the lack of an opportunity to agree on the fate of Idleb during the meeting was only a reflection of the difference that is currently taking place between the actors on the form of the end of this file.
The US-Russian coordination based on ending any presence of foreign fighters in the province casts heavy weight on Ankara’s proposals, which it is trying to present in a conference devoted to the fate of Idlib, which is trying to convince the parties to participate and listen to Turkish ideas about the final fate of Idlib.
The fate of Idlib, like the rest of Syria
Ankara held several meetings with leaders of the northern factions, said sites close to them that the meetings included the establishment of a joint operations room with the direct support of Turkey to counter the military campaign of the Syrian army, but a source in the Syrian opposition denied the “opinion today,” and confirmed that Ankara submitted a package of proposals for arrange the military situation in the province of Idlib only, and presented to the factions as a single alternative to avoid the Syrian military campaign.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s talk a few days ago about the intention of the Syrian army to restore Idlib in full, and it has become a priority today, is a serious talk and translation of a military effort is underway to form the chamber of Idlib operations, and draw up military plans to control it, especially that the agreement to reduce the escalation in Idlib, which is agreed in Astana ends in the beginning of September, and Idlib then an open area on all scenarios.
According to the monitoring of the field during the past few hours focused on preparing the scene of the field first before the launch of the so-called mother of battles in Idlib, the Syrian army is heading first to the countryside, related to the villages of Idlib through the bridge of the vacancy where is under control by the Sham (al-Nusra terrorists earlier), and during the course of the battles that have already begun there, the Syrian army aims to regain control of Jisr al-Shughour in the western countryside of Idlib and secure the Rif al-Azqiya to open a future thrusting point for Idlib, and to avoid a reaction by the armed factions to launch an attack on Lashiya from the bridge of vacancy if they were pressed in Idlib.
The Syrian Army artillery and rocket launchers began two days ago with heavy shells at the strongholds of the “al-Nusra Front” in Jisr al-Shughour in the western countryside of Idlib, starting from the mountain of Kurds in the northeastern countryside of Al-Saqqiya.
The sources said that the Syrian army units stationed in the northern Lattakia countryside began yesterday afternoon intensive bombardment of artillery and rocket launchers of armed positions in the towns of Badama and Najia in the western countryside of Idlib, and the bombing extended to the town of Khan Sheikun in the southern Idlib countryside, pointing out that the army artillery and missiles targeted insurgent gatherings, headquarters, command and ammunition depots of the armed groups. During the past few hours, a massive movement of residents of the city of Jisr al-Shughur towards the city of Idlib was recorded. With a population of about 60,000.
The sources pointed out that the villages of Bdama and Najia are a center for the launch of aircraft, which is aimed at the Syrian coast for months, which dropped Russian air guns at the base of Hameimim dozens of them during the last period.
The military factions in Idlib were mobilized in turn for the ground battle, and according to local sources, the military buildup of the factions concentrated on the “axes of apples, vegetables, kiblah and blacksmiths.”
According to sources close to the northern Syrian factions, the battle for the western countryside of Idlib has become a reality, and losing means that the Syrian army routes the first gates of Idlib.
The Syrian army will not be satisfied with the city of Jisr al-Shughour alone during the attack, but it will continue to advance to the cities of Mahmbel and Jericho, in order to reach the northeastern countryside of the governorate of Latakia in the plain of the jungle in the western Hama countryside.
The al-Nusra Front had become control of the Jisr al-Shughour area in April 2015 through the Islamic Turkestan Party of al-Qaeda, within the formation of the Fath army, which included many factions led by the victory Front.
Author: Kamal Khalaf