SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 31, 2018: TURKEY FINISHES PREPARATIONS FOR NEW LARGE OPERATION AGAINST YPG | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 31, 2018: TURKEY FINISHES PREPARATIONS FOR NEW LARGE OPERATION AGAINST YPG

Clashes between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) have erupted in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo.

According to reports, units of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham attacked NFL positions in the village of Kafr Hamra on October 29 and had gained full control of the area by the evening of October 30. Several NFL militants were killed or injured in the incident.

Over the past few months, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has continued expanding its influence in the parts of Aleppo, Idlib and Lattakia provinces, which are included in de-escalation agreements. While Ankara claims that it keeps the situation under control there, developments on the ground clearly shows that Turkey has in—fact reached a kind of deal with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham that allows the terrorist group to operate freely within the de-escalation zone or Turkey has not enough influence to limit the group’s activity.

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