TEHRAN (FNA)- The terrorist groups in Idlib and Hama provinces started a new coalition, called Jeish al-Fatah, to counter the Syrian Army’s imminent operation after they came under increasing pressure by Ankara, a militant-affiliated website reported on Monday.
Anab al-Baladi website quoted a well-informed source as disclosing that the terrorist groups’ decision to form a new coalition in Idlib was made under Ankara’s pressure, adding that Turkey had forced the entire terrorist groups, including Syria’s Liberation Front, the National Liberation Front, Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at and Jeish al-Izzah, in Northern Hama to stand united against the Damascus government before they are annihilated in the upcoming operation of the Syrian army.
In the meantime, Commander of Syria’s Liberation Front Abdul Salam Abdul Razaq claimed that the coalition members have an endorsed an agreement to specify their battlefield responsibilities across the region which stretches from the coastal areas to Northern Aleppo.
Al-Baladi further said that representatives of Idlib’s terrorist groups will gather in Ankara in coming days to confer on their duties with regard to Idlib province.
Al-Quds al-Arabi daily quoted militant-affiliated sources in Northern Syria as reporting on Sunday that Syria’s Liberation Front, Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front), National Liberation Front, Jeish al-Islam and Idlib Free Army formed a new coalition known as Jeish al-Fatah in Idlib province.
The daily further said that the newly-formed Jeish al-Fatah has almost 75,000 gunmen, adding that the terrorist groups’ move is aimed at confronting the Syrian Army’s large-scale imminent operation in Southern and Western Aleppo, Western Idlib and Northern and Northeastern Lattakia.
The paper went on to say that the Syrian government forces that are on the verge of completing their operation in Dara’a and Quneitra will soon kick off Idlib operation to drive terrorists out of the Northwestern part of the war-hit country.