The Turkish forces in northern Syria, along with the affiliated Syrian armed opposition groups have launched a military operation, on Thursday, in the town of al-Nairab in eastern countryside of Idlib, in conjunction with a large military mobilizations by the Turkish forces in Qaminas and Sarmin areas.
North-Press briefed that the Turkish artillery intensively bombarded the locations of the Russian and Syrian government forces in al-Nairab in Idlib’s eastern countryside.
While a military source told North-Press that a Syrian Air Force warplane was hit by an anti-aircraft missile, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Hama Military Airport.
Moreover, the Turkish-backed armed opposition groups also shot down a Russian military drone, in the airspace of Sarmin in Idlib countryside, and destroyed two (BMB) vehicles belonging to the Syrian government forces in al-Nairab, according to the same source.
While the Syrian government forces responded to the fire sources, and destroyed a number of military vehicles of the Turkish forces as attempting to advance towards the town of al-Nairab, according to ‘Russia Today’ quoting a military source.
The military action launched by the armed opposition groups against the locations of the Syrian government forces in al-Nairab, east of Idlib, was supported by Turkish ground backing and fire support, accompanied by a high Turkish political tone, indicating that Ankara has reached "a conviction that the Syrian government must be militarily curtailed, after this failed politically," according to observers.
Earlier last week, the Turkish-backed armed opposition groups launched a violent counter attack against the gatherings of the Russian-backed Syrian government forces in the town of al-Nairab, in addition to the continued participation of Turkish observation posts in targeting the locations of Syrian government forces in the surrounding areas.
The military operation comes in light of tensions in Idlib region, following the latest military advancement by the Syrian government forces during the past weeks with the support of the Russian aerial bombardment.