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On January 13, a barrage of rockets hit the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) al-Zeitoun camp near the town of Hizareen in the southern Idlib countryside.
The rockets were launched by Ansar al-Tawhid, an al-Qaeda faction that is allied to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The terrorist group released drone footage of the attack. The footage shows dozens of rockets landing at the camp and in its vicinity.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the rocket strike claimed the lives of three SAA service members and wounding seven others. The monitoring group’s claims have not been verified yet.
The rocket strike represents a blatant violation of the Russian-Turkish agreement on Greater Idlib, which was signed on March 5 of 2020.
Ansar al-Tawhid stepped up its attack on government troops around Greater Idlib recently. The faction is a member of the HTS-led al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Room. Several Turkish-backed groups are also members of the operations room.
The lack of a decisive response by the SAA and its allies is encouraging terrorist groups like Ansar al-Tawhid to violate the ceasefire in Greater Idlib. A new large-scale ground operation in the region can help restore deterrence and liberate more territory.
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