Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) has handed over the Wadi Deif military base to Turkish Army units operating in Syria’s Idlib province, according to pro-opposition sources.
The Wadi Deif military base is located near the town of Maarrat al-Numan in the southern countryside of Idlib. If this is not a temporary development and Turkish forces instal an observation post or a military garrison there, this will confirm that the internationally recognized terrorist group – Hayat Tahrir al-Sham – and the Turkish government has officially reached a deal over the Syrian province of Idlib.
In this case, Turkey and its local proxies will directly cooperate with the Syrian al-Qaeda instead of combating it in the area.
Currently, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is the most powerul militant group in the province of Idlib. According to experts, other militant units even if they don’t join it officially, just follow all a major part of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s decisions in the military and political sphere.
The Turkish Army officially entered into Syria’s Idlib province and took control over Darat Izza town and the nearby border villages late on October 12. Since then, Turkish forces have been steadily expanding its control in the province.