January 5, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
IDLIB, Syria – After successive days of liberating town after town in the jihadist-held province of Idlib in Syria’s northwest, it appears that the Syrian Army are prioritizing the immediate liberation of Sinjar district in the provinces southeast.
However, before being able to liberate Sinjar district, the Syrian Army must first expel jihadist forces in the town of Sheikh Barakah.
The Syrian Army has begun storming the town after a barrage of artillery strikes weakened the towns defenses. It is expected to be liberated in the coming hours.
This rapid capitulation has seen opposition forces engage in the blame game. A Free Syrian Army chief has blamed the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front for the rapid advancements made by the Syrian Army, with full details here. Meanwhile, other sources blamed the local population for remaining pro-government, with full details here.