On October 13, the Turkish military completed the construction of yet another post in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The London-based monitoring group said that the new post was built near the town of Benin in the southern Idlib countryside. The post oversees a road linking the government-held town of Ma’arat al-Nu’man with the town of Ariha, which is held by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies.
Turkish-backed militants maintain a strong presence around Benin. In the morning, two militants of the Suqour al-Sham Brigades were killed near the town in a landmine explosion.
The Turkish military began building the post around a week ago. At around the same time, a similar post was established near the town of Afes in the southern Idlib countryside, only a few hundred meters away from Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions in the town of Saraqib.
Turkey has been reinforcing its troops in Greater Idlib for a few weeks now in what appears to be an attempt to deter the SAA and its allies.
Recent reports revealed that the army is planning to launch a large-scale ground operation in the region in response to the repeated violations of the Russian-Turkish ceasefire agreement by HTS and its allies.