The foreign terrorists who have come to Syria for a war of militancy are fleeing to neighboring Turkey after the Syrian army started massive operations to regain control over the city of Idlib in Northwestern parts of the country.
“A large number of non-Syrian terrorists have fled to Turkey through Atmeh border crossing,” the Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper reported.
Meantime, military sources announced that the Syrian air force has increased airstrikes on the positions of Takfiri terrorists to pave the way for the ground operations in Idlib.
On Friday, President Assad accused neighboring Turkey of torpedoing a UN plan for a ceasefire with rebels in the second city of Aleppo.
Assad told the Swedish newspaper Expressen that Ankara had used its influence with rebel factions to persuade them to reject the proposals put forward by UN envoy Staffan de Mistura for a ceasefire in the former commercial hub.
“The Turks told the factions — the terrorists that they support and they supervise — to refuse to cooperate with De Mistura,” the Syrian president said.
The main western-backed rebel alliance is based in Turkey.
Assad also accused Ankara of supporting jihadists with Al-Qaeda and the ISIL group since a peaceful uprising in 2011 escalated into armed conflict.
Since 2011, Syria has been faced massive insurgency created by the certain Western countries and their regional allies that staged a propagandistic war against Damascus.
At the beginning of crisis, certain western powers and their regional allies voiced loudly that Syrian protests have no diplomatic solution, and then they started supplying the country’s opposition groups with their arms and funds.
But in 2014, specially after victory of President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s presidential election in summer, the army has gained upper hand in its anti-terrorism campaign, and has been partly successful in sealing borders with Turkey and Jordan.