Turkey has offered substantial information, which has been added to Syrian intelligence and Russian information gathering. This has created a bank of objectives against HTS, Tanzim Hurras al-Deen (THD) and all the other jihadists and foreign fighters in the city and its rural area.However, while Turkey has finally designated HTS a terrorist organization --
... it is still trying, to date, to convince its leader Abu Mohammad al-Joulani, an ex-ISIS (ISIL/Daesh) Emir, to dissolve its group and join, with his 12 to 15,000 men, the pro-Turkish groups in the north. Turkey also asked Joulani to detach himself from all foreign fighters so that the city of Idlib can be spared the assault, since Damascus is determined to recover every inch of Syria, including Idlib.
We'll just have to see what comes from the Russia-Turkey-Iran summit in Iran on, uh, oh dear I can't remember -- soon. A few days.
23:36 - 04.09.2018 (updated 23:46)