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Opposition factions regain control of Tronba village, Idlib

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
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Publication date: 2020/02/27 09:32

Idlib - SMART

On Thursday, opposition factions regained control of the village of Tronba, 15 kilometers southeast of Idlib, Northern Syria. 

A military source reported to SMART that the factions regained control of Tronba after clashes with the Syrian government forces. Tronba is an important village as it is located near the Aleppo-Latakia international highway (M4) and the city of Saraqib. 

On Feb. 3, 2020, the Syrian government forces gained control of the villages of al-Nayrab and Tronba in Idlib. The villages are adjacent to the Aleppo-Latakia international highway (M4). 

The opposition factions gained control of Tronba hours after they gained control of Saraqib.

The Syrian government forces continue to advance in the southern Idlib countryside. On Feb. 26, 2020, the Syrian government forces gained control of  more than 23 villages in the areas of Zawiya Mountain and Shashabo Mountain near the Aleppo-Latakia international highway (M4).  

The Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, supported by Russia, are launching a ground military attack on the southern and eastern countryside of Idlib and the southern and western countryside of Aleppo. The Syrian government gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the region, after intense shelling. The shelling killed and injured hundreds of civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.

This attack is considered a continuation of the military operation launched by the Syrian government forces and Russia on Idlib on Apr. 25, 2019. During the operation, the Syrian government forces gained total control of the northern Hama countryside and the area of Khan Sheikhun. Military analysts and journalists said that by this operation, the Syrian government aims to gain control of the Aleppo-Damascus international highway that connects Turkey to Jordan and the Arab Gulf States in order to reopen it later under Russian and Turkish sponsorship agreed upon by the two countries, and the Aleppo-Damascus international highway (M4).