TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Syrian forces targeted the positions of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in the central province of Hama, inflicting major losses on them.
According to SANA on Tuesday, the army troops launched an attack against Al-Nusra terrorists in al-Madiq Castle town in Hama northern countryside after they attempted to sneak into areas located in a planned buffer zone, which surrounds Idlib and also parts of the adjacent provinces of Aleppo and Hama.
In Idlib southern countryside, army units conducted intensive attacks against the gatherings of the terrorists in Jarjanaz town to the east Ma’aret al-Nu’aman in south, the report said.
Under a deal reached following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in September, all militants should have withdrawn from the demilitarization zone by October 15.
However, al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri terrorists said they refuse to either leave the buffer zone or hand over their weapons.
Moscow believed that the 15-20 kilometer buffer zone would help stop attacks from Idlib-based militants on Syrian army positions and Russia’s military bases in the flashpoint region.
Idlib and some surrounding areas are the last major bastions of Takfiri terrorists and anti-government militants in Syria, where the Syrian government has in recent months retaken much of the territory it had lost since the conflict erupted in the country in 2011.