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Clashes have sometimes taken place on the outskirts of the de-escalation zone, as well as shelling by Syrian or allied aircraft. [fn] For example, see “Assad`s troops are bombing Jisr al-Shughour and its surroundings in the Idlib landscape” (Arabic), Enab Baladi, July 30, 2018.Fde Footnote Similarly, the jihadists have regularly launched attacks against regime positions outside the de-escalation zone. [fn] Example: “Raid on points adjacent to Nuseiri village of Jourin” (Arabic), Tanzim Hurras al-Din, Jihadology, 3 August 2018, jihadology.net/2018/08/03/new-statement-from-%E1%B8%A5uras-al-din-raid-on-some-points-adjacent-to-the-nu%E1%B9%A3ayri-village-of-jurin/. “In support of Daraa” (Arabic), Jama`at Ansar al-Islam, Jihadology, July 9, 2018, jihadology.net/2018/07/10/new-video-message-from-an%E1%B9%A3ar-al-islam-support-for-dara/.Hide footnote Russia has also accused militants in the Idlib de-escalation zone of launching drones that attacked Russia`s Hmeimim airbase in the Lattakia coastal government. [fn] For example, see the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation, “Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Remarks and answers to questions from the media at a joint press conference after talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Moscow, August 24, 2018, August 24, 2018.Foot Hidenote Overall, Idlibs held a de-escalation zone. HTS appears militarily unassailable by other rebel groups in the northwest. Admittedly, it now seems suicidal for these rebels to launch themselves against Idlib`s most powerful force at a time when a Russian-backed regime offensive is imminent. [fn] A representative of a rebel group said: “No one rationally starts two battles at once, from the front and the back…. When I open a fight backwards, I am attacked from the front.┬áInterview of the Crisis Group, Istanbul, August 2018.Hide Footnote Instead, these factions gathered in a joint operating room with HTS to coordinate their defence of the northwest. [fn]”Congratulations on a Blessed Eid al-Adha, 1439 AH” (Arabic), Hei`at Tahrir al-Sham, op.

Hide Footnote As a successful military defense of Idlib is possible, the group`s contribution would be essential.