Syrian Army Calls on Turkey to Account for Failed Militant Withdrawal from Demilitarized Zone

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army is demanding answers regarding the failed plan for militants’ withdrawal from the designated buffer zone in Northwestern Syria, an officer said.

Speaking to massdar news from the town of Mhardeh, the officer said that the Syrian Army’s High Command is in talks with the Russian military about the next steps to take in the Idlib, Aleppo, Lattakia and Hama provinces.

The officer said that the Syrian Army’s High Command is now awaiting Turkey’s response to the Russian military’s questions regarding the failed militant withdrawal.

He would add that the Syrian Army units in Northwest Syria have been on high alert, but they will not likely launch any attack in the next few weeks because they redeployed several divisions to Southern Syria.

Several Syrian Army units, including the elite 4th Armored Division and the 9th Division’s Shock Troops, were recently deployed to Sweida, where they are now leading the charge to end the ISIL’s presence inside the province.

Turkish Army Dispatches New Military Convoy to Northern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish Army forwarded another convoy of military vehicles to Northern Syria on Tuesday after terrorist groups refused to leave the demilitarized zone specified in the Sochi Agreement.

The army sent a convoy of 10 military, armored and ordonnance vehicles to Northern Idlib via Bab al-Hawa border-crossing.

In the meantime, local sources reported that terrorists of Faylaq al-Sham were accompanying the Turkish convoy, adding that the convoy headed towards monitoring posts run by the Ankara forces.

The Turkish army’s move to dispatch more troops to Syria came after the terrorist groups refrained from complying with the Sochi Agreement and leave the demilitarized zone in Northeastern Lattakia, Southern Idlib and Western Aleppo before the October 15 deadline.

A field commander claimed earlier today that the Syrian government troops are preparing for military operation against terrorists in Northern and Northwestern Syria after terrorists refused to comply with the Sochi Agreement.

Mohand Ali al-Haj Ali, a military commander and a member of the Syrian Parliament, told the Arabic-language website of Sputnik that based on reports from Idlib, only a part of heavy weapons of the terrorists and almost 1,000 militants have been withdrawn from the demilitarized zone, adding that tens of thousands of terrorists are still in the zone.

The news agency further reported that the Turkish side is showing off its compliance with the Sochi Agreement, adding that the Syrian Army has been preparing to kick off the liberation of occupied lands after the deadline.

Al-Haj Ali told Sputnik that the army is planning to launch its operation from Western Aleppo where the terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) have been conducting missile attacks on residential neighborhoods.

He further said that Idlib is a highly populated province, enabling the terrorists to use people as human shield, adding that the army will use new weapons and elite forces to counter the terrorists with the least number of human casualties.

Sputnik quoted the commander as saying that should the army prevails over the first line of terrorists’ positions in Idlib the remaining lines of their positions will be conquered automatically.