On August 10, a convoy of the Turkish Armed Forces came under attack in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib where many terrorist groups are active.
The convoy was targeted with an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) mine as it was passing near Qmenas checkpoint on the eastern entrance of Idlib city. No casualties or material losses were reported as a result of the attack.
Saryat Ansar Abu Baker As-Siddiq claimed responsibility for the attack. The group, which first emerged in November of 2020, is believed to be linked to al-Qaeda. Its leaders are yet to be identified.
In a press release, the group said that the attack was carried out to avenge “Muslim victims” who were killed by Turkish forces in refugee camps and along the border line.
In the last few months, the group’s cells carried out a number of attacks against Turkish forces in Greater Idlib. On May 8, a Turkish military convoy was struck with an improvised explosive device (IED) as it was passing on a road linking the towns of Ma’arrat Mirin and Ram Hamadan in eastern Idlib. On May 10, another convoy was targeted with an IED on the road between Kafr Lusin and Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border in northern Idlib.
Despite maintain more than 60 posts across Greater Idlib, Turkish forces remain vulnerable to hit-and-run attacks. Turkey’s allies in the region, first and foremost Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, are doing nothing to eliminate the threat posed to Turkish forces by Saryat Ansar Abu Baker As-Siddiq and other similar groups.
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