On January 26, 2021, fierce fighting erupted between the Syrian Arab Army and pro-Turkish fighters from the National Liberation Front on the front line in the countryside of southern Idlib, the Lebanese online edition of Al-Masdar News reported.
Artillery and mortar strikes have been exchanged between the SAA and the FNL around the towns of al-Fatira, al-Baraa, Kafr Nabl, Jebel al-Zawiya, and Kansafra. The sides are bringing reinforcements to the area.
Amid this exchange of “pleasantries” between the SAA and the MNLF, Turkey and Russia carried out another joint patrol on the M4 (Latakia-Aleppo) in Idlib.
It should be recalled that the FNL and another powerful pro-Turkish group, the Syrian Free Army, merged in the fall of 2020 to form a coalition, the Syrian National Army, which is controlled by Ankara. The SNA was organized ostensibly to fight against jihadists from the group Jabhat al-Nusra (banned in Russia).
On January 27, 2021, pro-Turkish fighters backed by the Turkish Armed Forces continued shelling territories under the control of the Arab-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces alliance in northern SAR, east of the Euphrates River.
The town of Ain Issa in Raqqa province was hit by rocket and artillery fire, and the town of Tal Tamr in al-Hasakah province. All signs indicate that the Turks are planning to launch another offensive in this direction in the coming months, despite the presence of the SAA and the Russian military police. This has prompted the Russian Armed Forces to begin intensified patrols in the area, the Lebanese media summarized.