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Idlib sees new escalation between Syrian government, opposition forces

Government forces escalated tensions on the battlefronts in Idlib in response to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham targeting the town of Kassab in the Latakia countryside after installing a statue of former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.
Syrian rebel fighters for the National Liberation Front advance in a trench.

ALEPPO, Syria — Military tension has escalated on the battlefronts between government forces and the Syrian opposition in Idlib. Since mid-June, violent clashes, shellings and attacks have occurred on the battlefronts, with both sides carrying out infiltration attempts and causing major losses within their ranks.

On June 18, al-Nasar Army (Victory Army), a faction of the National Liberation Front of the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), attacked one of the Syrian government forces’ posts in the Fatatira village in the Ghab Plain northwest of Hama. The targeted axis is located to the south of the M4 highway, south of Idlib. 

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