At least 39 soldiers were killed in an operation in Idlib overnight (local time) on Wednesday January 15, and Thursday, January 16. The fighting broke out between pro-government forces and extremist-led fighters, in which air strikes and shelling took place. The attack came amid a weak ceasefire agreement negotiated by Russia between the two parties. An estimated 17 government soldiers and 22 anti-government fighters were the victims of the attack.
Similar attacks are possible over the near term.
To date, the Syrian conflict involves many parties, including the Syrian government, the Russian government, the Iranian government, the Turkish government, a US-led coalition, and numerous armed groups on the ground (including the Islamic State) with competing goals.
Due to extremely poor security conditions, Western governments generally advise against all travel to Syria, with some banning travel to the country. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to any travel to Syria.