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Military expert to ST: Liberation of Khan Sheikhoun in Idleb will be a direct military defeat for Turkish regime

The military and strategic expert has asserted that the liberation of Khan Sheikhoun city will tighten the noose on terrorist organizations' strongholds in the northern countryside of Hama and it will be a direct military defeat for the Turkish occupation forces in Morek area and in the East of the city.

Retired Brigadier-General Haitham Hassoun told the Syria Times e-newspaper that the importance of Khan Sheikhoun city lies in the fact that it is the terrorists' largest stronghold in the south of Idleb.

"The liberation of this city will lead to the recapture of the other terrorists' strongholds in the north of Hama with less human and material cost, and it will put the southern part of Hama-Aleppo road under the supervision of Syrian army for the first time. It will also be a moral defeat for terrorist organizations on all fronts," the expert added.

As for Turkish regime's attempts to hinder Syrian army's advance in Idleb battle, the retired officer made it clear that Turkey has been informed about Syrian army's determination to liberate Idleb militarily after the failure of Turkey to abide by its obligations in Sochi talks.

"Any move by the Turkish occupation forces will be firmly confronted and this was translated into action when Turkish regime tried yesterday to send vehicles loaded with ammunition, weapons and material equipment through the Syrian-Turkish borders to the defeated terrorists in Khan Sheikhoun city,"  the military expert stressed.

He underscored that the Turkish regime can't  hinder the Syrian army's military operations, but it will go ahead with offering logistic support to terrorists without direct involvement in fighting with Syrian army.

"The Turkish enemy will not be involved in a direct battle with Syrian army because this will end in a major regional war,"   Retired Brigadier-General Hassoun concluded.

Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour