Sources from Aleppo countryside, where Turkish mercenary groups dominate, claimed that al-Nusra mercenaries in Andan, north of Aleppo, and the mercenaries in Huritan and Kafr Hamra northwest of Aleppo, are preparing to launch attacks on Aleppo city center.
Mercenaries of Jabhat al-Nusra, now known as Tahrir al-Sham, are active in the Turkish-occupied areas of Syria, receiving direct support from the Turkish state and working to implement their agendas in Syria.
Although Turkey classifies Jabhat al-Nusra as a "terrorist group", Turkish checkpoints are deployed where Jabhat al-Nusra is deployed. There are 4 Turkish observation points in the countryside of Aleppo:
The first point: Qelet Semaan in Aleppo western countryside, Turkish forces entered it on 23-11-2017.
The second point: Sheikh Aqeel in Aleppo western countryside, Turkish forces entered it on 27-11-2017.
The third point: Al-Eis Hill in the southern countryside of Aleppo, Turkish forces entered it on 5-2-2018.
Point 4: Mount Andan in Aleppo northern countryside, Turkish forces entered it on March 17, 2018.
It is noteworthy that the recent developments in the northern countryside of Hama and the southern countryside of Idlib came in terms of the progress of regime forces and control of the area as well as information indicating the preparation of mercenaries for the attack on Aleppo, and comes after the 13th round of the Astana series held between Russia, Turkey and Iran in early August.
Russia, Turkey and Iran are partners in Syria, and have helped the Syrian regime through Astana meetings to regain control of large areas of Syria. When the regime controlled less than 17% of Syria, the beginning of these meetings in early 2017, now the regime controls more than 63%, while mercenary groups supported by Turkey have lost most of the area they control and remain in small areas in rural Aleppo and Idlib.