Turkish and Syrian media officially announced that a meeting took place between the head of the Syrian National Security Office, “Ali Mamlouk” and the head of Turkish intelligence, “Hakan Fidan”, in Moscow.
The official Syrian News Agency, SANA, announced the news of the meeting of Mamlouk Fidan, and conveyed statements to the owners about Syria’s demand for the Turkish side to withdraw completely from the Syrian territories and Syria’s determination to fight terrorism and restore the entire Syrian geography.
This meeting is seems to be important and remarkable development, and it is important, although the two men had previously met in the framework of the security meetings that were previously taking place between Turkey and Syria under Russian sponsorship.
The information about the content and reasons for the meeting is still unknown despite the announcement of the meeting, but it is natural that the situation in Idlib and the northern Syria, the future of this region and the fate of the armed groups in it, as well as the East Euphrates file, and the lack of commitment by Ankara to what it recognized in the Sochi agreement be discussed in dimensions Armed groups report an agreed-upon area between the Russian and Turkish sides, located south of Idlib.
However, all of these files have been negotiated by Damascus via the Russian channel, and it may not seem that there is a need for a direct meeting, especially since the cease-fire was agreed upon after a meeting on the sidelines of the opening of the “Turkish Stream” project in Istanbul, Turkey, last Wednesday, between Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Unless the northern Syrian front is heading for major changes, and there are some field movements in northern Syria that may be considered indicators of a new round of escalation and more change of control maps for the benefit of the Syrian army in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib, which are under the control of Jabhat al-Nusra and its sisters.
The Syrian government has opened three “humanitarian” crossings in the areas of the “Habit, Abu Al Thahur and Al Hadr” areas in the eastern and southern countryside of Idlib, to secure a safe exit for those who want Idlib residents to the areas of the Syrian government, and the Syrian government has provided all logistical and medical relief requirements to the population, and the official agency has announced The Syrian “SANA” reported that dozens of citizens left the terrorist spread areas to their liberated villages and towns across the present corridor in the southern countryside of Aleppo, according to the agency.
The Syrian helicopters dropped paper scraps over the towns of Idlib countryside and the countryside of Aleppo, inviting the residents to leave through the designated humanitarian crossings, and announced the commitment of the Syrian army to protect all citizens.
This move comes after the Haya’at Tahrir Al Sham (formerly known as Al Nusra Front) violated the ceasefire agreement just one day after it was announced in Turkey during the “Putin Erdogan” summit and bombed civilian neighborhoods in Aleppo and the jungle, resulting in civilian deaths and injuries, according to local sources.
“Military preparations for the army The Syrian may aim to open a battle on the fronts of the countryside of Aleppo first, before completing the progress in the southern countryside of Idlib.
The Syrian army had advanced during the past month in the south of Idlib countryside and was able to quickly control a number of cities and villages that were under the control of the Haya’at Tahrir Al Sham (formerly known as Al Nusra Front) and allied armed groups, besieging the second Turkish observation point in the town of Sorman after it surrounded the first observation point In “Morek” last summer.