SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 18, 2019: FURTHER ESCALATION IN SOUTHERN IDLIB | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 18, 2019: FURTHER ESCALATION IN SOUTHERN IDLIB

Over the past days, southern Idlib, southern Raqqah, northwestern al-Hasakah remained the main points of tensions in Syria.

On November 16, the Syrian Army repelled an attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies on the hill of Khaznah in southeastern Idlib. According to pro-government sources, at least 7 militants were killed in the clashes.

The Syrian Army, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, liberated the Khaznah hill and the village of Luwaybidah on November 14 in an attempt to expand a buffer zone between militants’ positions and nearby civilian areas. Despite this, attacks in the area continued. If government forces want to remove the threat of shelling by militants to nearby villages, they will have to push deeper into southern Idlib.

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