Colonel Hamdan: US Behind Terrorists’ Violation of Idlib Agreement


TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian military analyst accused Washington of coaxing the terrorist groups stationed in Northern Syria into the violation of the Sochi agreement that includes establishment of a demilitarized zone.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted retired Colonel Mar’ei Hamdan as saying on Monday that the terrorist groups in Idlib have close ties with a number of states which oppose stability in Syria, spearheaded by the US, and they persuade them to violate the ceasefire agreement in the weapons-free zone in the province.

“The US should be blamed for the troubled move of the political process to resolve the crisis in Syria,” he added.

Meantime, Head of the Russian Reconciliation Center Vladimir Savchenko said that despite the ceasefire in Idlib, the terrorist groups still target the demilitarized zone in Idlib.

Based on reports, the terrorists have attacked Ra’asheh and Ashq Ba’er in Lattakia province and Makanes al-Duwairi region in Aleppo; they have also targeted the army positions in Tadef region in the town of al-Bab in Eastern Aleppo.

Ankara has so far failed to persuade the terrorist groups to leave the demilitarized zone in Northeastern Lattakia, Southern Idlib, Northeastern Hama and Western Aleppo one week after a deadline mentioned in the Sochi Agreement ended.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday that Turkey had failed to convince terrorist groups to withdraw from the demilitarized zone mentioned in the Sochi Agreements that covers parts of Lattakia, Idlib, Hama and Aleppo provinces a week after the agreement’s deadline of October 15.

Meantime, the Syrian army continued its military advances in other parts of Syria over the past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army’s operations in provinces across Syria.