The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) responded to the threats of the Turkish pariah Erdogan to withdraw from the Syrian territories and restore al-Qaeda terrorists in the towns and villages recently cleaned from them, by cleaning 16 more towns and villages in the past day alone and continuing.
The Syrian army in a direct challenge to NATO’s Turkish Army and its neo-Ottoman leaders yesterday liberated eight towns in the eastern countryside of Idlib amid a collapse among the ranks of armed terrorists and managed to liberate part of the Aleppo highway, north of Saraqib, which is of great strategic importance because it is a meeting point between the two international roads Aleppo – Damascus, and Aleppo – Latakia.
SAA’s military operations continue on two axes in the north of the country to liberate the rest of the International Damascus-Aleppo M5 Artery, of which more than 85 percent have been liberated. The first axis starts from the southern Aleppo countryside and seeks to reach the strategic Hill of Al-Issa, and the second axis in the eastern countryside of Idlib, specifically from the city of Saraqib.
The Syrian Army advances in Idlib and Aleppo countryside and liberates more than 85% of Aleppo International Highway – Damascus, known as M5.
On the axis of the southern Aleppo countryside, the Syrian army managed to liberate the villages of Khalma, Hamera, Khan Touman, Zethan, and Berna, to arrive at the outskirts of the strategic Hill of Al-Issa, which is considered the point of ‘control by fire’ for the southern Aleppo countryside, and when it manages to liberate al-Ais Hill, its forces will be on the outskirts of the international road Aleppo- Damascus as a prelude to entering the town of Zarba located on this highway.
On the eastern axis of Idlib countryside, the Syrian Army forces deployed in the strategic city of Saraqib after its liberation, the most important city in that area after Maarat al-Numan, which the Syrian Army also liberated.
The SAA’s advance and liberation of large areas in the Idlib countryside has led to a rise in the number of besieged Turkish military posts to five in the rural Idlib and Aleppo.
The SAA’s entry into Saraqib came after the liberation of 17 villages, the most important of which were Al-Mardaikh, Dadikh, and Neirab, stretching to the town of Afis, north of Saraqib.
The liberation of Saraqib and the towns of Afis and Neirab placed it on the outskirts of Sarmin and Taftanaz, the two strategic towns in the northern countryside of Idlib and enabled it to reach 7 km from the city of Idlib.
With this Syrian Army’s advance on the Aleppo and Idlib axes, its advancing forces from Aleppo to the south and Saraqib to the north have now met and will declare the Damascus-Aleppo road completely liberated and under the control of the Syrian army.
The current military operation opens the door to the direction of Syrian forces after the liberation of the international road to three axes, the first Saraqib – Idlib, and the second Saraqib – Ariha, and is expected to open a third axis to liberate the entire western countryside of Aleppo from Zarba to Khan al-Asal and Mansoura and Dara Azza in Western Aleppo countryside.
During its operations in Idlib countryside, the Syrian army uncovered a huge network of tunnels, trenches, and fortifications stretching for tens of kilometers in the rural areas of Maarat al-Numan and Saraqib.
The following video report by the Lebanon-based Al-Maydeen news channel:
Massive tunnels dug by the militants over the years of their control of the al-Numan and Saraqib villages in Idlib province, its use varied between residences or weapons and ammunition depots.
The tunnels dug by the militants were mainly aimed at keeping away from targeting warplanes and moving easily away from the dangers of missile and airstrikes.
SAA Soldier: We found these tunnels, which are a knot of several tunnels. We found this network of tunnels, which is a miniature underground city.
With enormous efforts and capabilities, the armed terrorist groups have dug these tunnels and equipped them for resistance because it’s not exposed and can’t be spotted.
Under a rocky cliff, one of the largest tunnels accessed through a lane of large cars has been erected to reach openings inside a mountain south of Saraqib city in the south-eastern countryside of Idlib.
The tunnel, which was discovered in the Marat al-Numan countryside, includes more than 100 command rooms, operations, and prisons, and has several roads connecting it to nearby towns.
The Syrian Army also discovered several tunnel networks in the towns of Maarat al-Numan, Khan al-Subol, and Jabouth; tunnels that all enjoy large fortifications that are not affected by rocket and airstrikes, but fell during the Syrian army’s control of these areas.
Meanwhile, a Turkish Army soldier died and several others wounded when their tank fell off the truck carrying it while they were advancing in Syria’s Idlib. This army that fought its last real fight over 100 years ago, and lost it.