TEHRAN (Tasnim) The Syrian army and its allies on Thursday launched retaliatory attacks against militants on the outskirts of Idlib and Hama, inflicting major losses on them. - World news -
SANA's reporter said that Syrian forces destroyed terrorists' dens in the towns and villages of Kafr Nubbul, Hass, Basqala, Hish, Baboulin, Ma'asaran and Khan al-Soboul in Idlib.
In Hama, the forces targeted the positions of the terrorists in the areas of Hasraya, al-Arbain, al-Latamina and Kafr Zita in the northern countryside, the report added.
The areas are located in a planned buffer zone, which surrounds Idlib and also parts of the adjacent provinces of Aleppo and Hama.
Under a deal reached following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in September, all militants should have withdrawn from the demilitarization zone by October 15.
However, al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri terrorists said they refuse to either leave the buffer zone or hand over their weapons.
Moscow believed that the 15-20 kilometer buffer zone would help stop attacks from Idlib-based militants on Syrian army positions and Russia's military bases in the flashpoint region.
Idlib and some surrounding areas are the last major bastions of Takfiri terrorists and anti-government militants in Syria, where the Syrian government has in recent months retaken much of the territory it had lost since the conflict erupted in the country in 2011.