Syrian forces facing deadlock in battle for Idlib province
July 12, 2019 -- More than two months into a military offensive centred on Syria’s Idlib province, Russian-backed government forces have made little headway in the face of fierce resistance from extremist fighters.
While resisting government attacks, the insurgents have managed to carve out small advances of their own, drawing on ample stocks of guided anti-tank missiles that opposition and diplomatic sources say have been supplied by Turkey, Reuters reported.
The Idlib area is dominated by Tahrir al-Sham, the jihadists formerly known as the Nusra Front. Proscribed as a terrorist group by the UN Security Council, the group has set aside past conflict with Turkish-backed rebels to defend northwest Syria.