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Syria foils al Qaida attack in Hama as other terrorists take full control of Idlib

The Syrian Arab Army has repelled a terrorist attack violating a truce in the northern countryside of the Hama province where al-Qaeda-linked terrorists are expanding control.

The Syria forces carried out “concentrated bombardments” against terrorists who sought to infiltrate government-held territory from the direction of the Tal al-Sakhir town in Hama, reported Syria’s official news agency SANA on Thursday.
The Syrian forces reportedly retaliated with proportionate fire in response to the breach.
Based on last year’s demilitarization truce, all terrorist forces were supposed to withdraw from points of contact with the Syrian army, but never did.
Moreover, terrorists aligned with the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) have frequently violated the deal by launching attacks in Hama.
The terrorist incursions have, however, failed to make any gains.
Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists expand control in Idlib
The al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group has effectively gained control over Syria’s last major terrorist-held stronghold after the NFL accepted a surrender deal on Thursday.
The NFL was forced into the deal after facing heavy losses in more than a week of bloody infighting between the two terrorist alliances.
Under the new deal, an HTS-backed civil government will gradually be given authority over all terrorist-held regions in Idlib, including the remaining occupied territories of the Hama and Aleppo provinces.
NFL terrorists have, however, been permitted to hold on to their military bases in Idlib.
Some of the Turkish-backed forces plan to rejoin other NFL forces in Syria’s occupied northwestern region of Afrin.
It is not clear whether the HTS, which has been ambiguous towards the demilitarization deal in the past, seeks to uphold the agreement in the future.
Syrian forces, however, expanded troop presence along the terrorist-held territory as a precautionary measure earlier this week.
Iran, Russia and Turkey act as the guarantors for the all-out ceasefire regime in Syria.
The deal has so far helped significantly decrease violence in country. Related talks have also paved the way for the formation of a constitutional committee.
Iran and Russia have been supporting the Syrian government in its anti-terror operations at the request of the Damascus government.
Russian jets have been targeting positions held by terror outfits inside Syria since September 2015 while Iran has been offering military advisory assistance to the Syrian army.

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