Turkish Troops Begin Setting Up Observation Posts in Syria's Idlib

Turkish Troops Begin Setting Up Observation Posts in Syria's Idlib

Turkish Troops Begin Setting Up Observation Posts in Syria's Idlib

The Turkish military activity in Idlib aims at establishing a "de-escalation zone" in the region, the written statement said.

Earlier, the Turkish General Staff announced about the start of intelligence operation in Idlib within creation of a de-escalation zone in the city.

Turkey on late Thursday sent a convoy of about 30 military vehicles into rebel-held northwest Syria through the Bab al-Hawa crossing in Idlib, local media reported, citing a witness.

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The convoy was escorted by fighters from Tahrir al-Sham, an alliance of jihadist groups including the former al Qaeda affiliate previously known as the Nusra Front, Abu Khairo said.

The Turkish army is backing the pro-Ankara Free Syrian Army that will need to oust HTS members in the area to allow Iranian, Russian and Turkish forces implement the de-escalation zone.

"The Turkish Armed Forces continue to carry out their duties in the territory within the engagement rules agreed by the guarantor countries in the Astana negotiations".

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Three zones are already in place - in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, in central Homs, and in parts of southern Syria - and are being monitored by Russian military police.

The operation in the northwestern region was launched under a May deal between Turkey, which backs groups opposed to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime, and Russian Federation and Iran, who support Assad.

The fourth de-escalation zone includes Idlib but also parts of the neighbouring Latakia, Hama and Aleppo regions.

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The last time Turkish forces were engaged in Syria was in August, when Turkey launched its eight-month-long Euphrates Shield operation against jihadists and Kurdish militia in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.

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