The Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Tuesday that militant groups in the de-escalation zone in Idleb have rearmed and are preparing to launch counter-attacks against the Syrian Arab Army, stressing the need to eliminate and hold them accountable.
The ministry said in a statement today quoted by Russia Today, “Large armed formations belonging to various terrorist organizations, including Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and Hurras al-Deen, who continue to use the ideological principles and the terrorist methods of al-Qaeda, are gathering in the Idleb region.”
Despite this warning, however, the militant groups have refrained from launching any major attacks as of yet.
A source from the Syrian Arab Army told Al-Masdar on Monday that the militant groups are still present south of the M4 highway (Aleppo-Lattakia), but there has not been any major attacks as of yet.
The Russian military has given Turkey more time to force these militants to leave their positions south of the M4 highway; however, if they refuse to leave, the Syrian army will resume their offensive.
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