Idlib; Turkey & Jordan Joint Operation Against Syria
A Syrian military source accused Turkey and Jordan on Monday of helping rebels to stage an assault on Idlib, a provincial capital which fighters severely attacks at the weekend.
A monitoring group claimed that al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and allies now control parts of Idlib and said the Syrian air force bombed the position of terrorists in the city on Monday.
The military source accused both Turkey and Jordan of supporting the insurgents in their Idlib offensive, saying they were “leading operations and planning them”.
The insurgents were using advanced communication apparatus that had been supplied to them via Turkey, the source added.
Turkey is one of the regional states most hostile to Assad, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
In an interview with the U.S. network CBS, Assad described Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as a “Muslim Brotherhood fanatic” who was directly supporting insurgents “logistically and militarily” daily.
Syria’s pro-government Watan newspaper published in Damascus reported on Monday that the Nusra Front and its allies had raised the al Qaeda flag over some government buildings in the city.
Children hold pigeons at the Atme refugee camp that emerged due to the Syrian conflict along the Turkish border in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.
Nusra Front was joined by groups including the hardline Ahrar al-Sham in Idlib offensive on Saturday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the monitoring group, said warplanes staged a number of raids on insurgent’s position in Idlib and at least 126 rebel killed in the attack, the Observatory said.
Rebel groups fighting Assad in southern Syria say they recently received increased support from his foreign enemies (Turkey and others) in response to a government offensive there.
Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory, said the death toll among insurgents in Idlib is high. According to Al-Alam correspondent in Syria, army preparing for cleanup operation in some part of Idlib.