HTS' shelling kills and injures 15 fighters of Iranian militias, western Aleppo
Aleppo - SMART
On Friday, a Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) artillery shelling killed and injured 15 fighters of Iranian militias that support the Syrian government forces in western Aleppo, Northern Syria.
The HTS is an Islamist opposition faction previously known as the al-Nusra Front, consisting of fighting groups including the Haqq Brigade, Jabhat Ansar al-Din, and Jaysh al-Sunnah.
HTS media reported that HTS fighters shelled Iranian militias' gatherings near the village of Khan Tuman, killing five fighters and injuring ten others. No further details were reported.
On Jan. 22, Free Syrian Army factions shelled the perimeter of the town of Munian, western Aleppo, killing 20 members of the Syrian government forces and injuring others.
Since Nov. 25, 2019, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, with the support of Russia, have been launching a ground military attack on southern and eastern countryside of Idlib. They intensified the attack on Dec. 20, 2019, as the Syrian government gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the region, after intense bombing, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians, and displacing hundreds of thousands of others.
This ground attack is considered a continuation of the military operation launched by the Syrian government forces and Russia on April 25, 2019. In August 2019, the Syrian government gained control of northern Hama countryside and the Khan Sheikhun region. Military analysts and journalists say that the battles’ goal is that the Syrian government and Russia gain control of the Aleppo - Damascus international highway (which connects Turkey with Jordan and the Arab Gulf states) to be opened later under Russian-Turkish sponsorship according to the agreement between President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in September 2018, in the Russian city of Sochi.