On December 11, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) released a video showing its terrorists shelling Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions in southeast Idlib from the vicinity of a Turkish observation post.
Twitter user (ZOKA) was the first to notice that the mortar attack was carried out a few meters away from a Turkish observation post. The post can be identified by its special wall, which is made from HESCO-style modern gabions. A Turkish flag can be also spotted in the corner.
Nothing new,HTS with Turkish mortar,fireing near TSK post on SAA pic.twitter.com/NoNKgFsKTX
— ZOKA (@200_zoka) December 11, 2019
HTS’ terrorists didn’t only launch the attack from the vicinity of a Turkish observation post. The terrorists also used a Turkish-made HY-12 mortar. The HY-12 is a licensed copy of the French MO-120-RT [Mortier de 120mm Rayé Tracté Modèle F1] manufactured by Turkey’s MKEK.
The mortar attack, which targeted the town of Msheirfeh, was apparently launched from the vicinity of the Turkish military post in the town of Suramn. The post is located around 10 km away only from Msheirfeh. The range of the HY-12 mortar can cover this distance.
Earlier this month, HTS and its allies used Turkish-made weapons, including HY-12 mortars, in a large-scale attack on SAA positions in southeast Idlib. The attack was allegedly launched from the vicinity of the Turkish post in Suramn.
This attack raises serious questions about the role that Turkey has been playing in Greater Idlib. More than a year ago, Turkey committed to push terrorists out of the region’s vicinity. However, the influence of these terrorists is now stronger than ever before.