The Idlib de-escalation zone continues to be a battleground between radical groups and pro-Turkish militias. Pro-Turkish forces are taking all possible measures to fight the radicals. Special search operations and patrols are conducted in order to identify dormant cells of radicals.
However, the low morale of Turkish mercenaries, caused by salary delays, is seriously affecting their combat success. An unwillingness to follow orders from their commanders and frequent desertions also have a negative impact on the combat readiness of units. Radical militants take advantage of this by attacking Turkish mercenary targets and sabotaging convoys.
Nevertheless, in the northern part of the province, pro-Turkish gangs continue to focus their efforts on dislodging radicals and gaining control over new settlements. Overnight, pro-Turkish militants took control of Radwa and established a foothold on the northern outskirts of Bozgar village. During the clash, the sides suffered casualties: 13 killed by Khuras al-Din fighters, 10 by pro-Turkish fighters, and 22 wounded by Khuras al-Din and 14 by pro-Turkish fighters.
Also overnight, Turkish-controlled gangs in the Hazzano area carried out “targeted” checks in which six radicals were killed.
Turkey, which committed to the Idlib de-escalation zone within the framework of the Memorandum on Stabilization, is attempting with its mercenaries to fulfill its commitment to disarm radicals and create a demilitarized zone. However, the Turkish proxies are suffering heavy losses, thus demonstrating their inability to achieve results on this issue.