Opposition factions and jihadis launch new counterattack on regime positions in rural Maarrat Al-Nu’man

Syrian Observatory sources report that fierce clashes are underway in several areas in the eastern and south-eastern countryside of Idlib, between the factions and jihadi groups against the regime soldiers and loyalists.

The clashes erupted after the factions and jihadis unleashed an attack this afternoon under a cover of heavy firepower, on positions of the regime forces. They are concentrated in the frontlines of Abu Dafnah, Al-Tah, and other areas.

Observatory activists have documented 24 fatalities among regime soldiers and loyalists who have been killed since the early hours of Sunday morning, also 11 jihadies among 13 fighters were killed in the same battles.

Sources informed the Syrian Observatory that the attacks by factions and jihadis come after a meeting between the Turkish intelligence with factions commanders at the Syrian border with Iskenderun. During the meeting, the Turks informed the factions that the all recent political solutions failed and that the factions had to focus on the military aspect.

Turkey provided its loyal fighters with the American TOW missiles. It became notable that the latest attacks was initiated by the factions in which they recovered positions captured recently by the regime forces, in addition to inflicting large number of casualties among the regime soldiers and loyalists.

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