On Sunday, the Turkish Army deployed more forces on the border with Syria’s Idlib Governorate in the Turkish province of Hatay, according to the Turkish news agency Anadolu.
According to the source, the new force included 80 armoured vehicles.
A Convoy of 80 Armored Veh.s
have been sent by TR Army today
to be deployed
to border outposts in Hatay Prov.
near Afrin & Idlib pic.twitter.com/neBrC4MSUh
— T-155: TOPUNUZ GELİN (@AkEl_Saruman) 17 September 2017
On Saturday night, the Turkish Army deployed 18 MRAPs near the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the border with Idlib governorate. According to Anadolu, the goal is to secure the Syrian-Turkish border only.
Armored veh.s & Bulldozers at noon
18 MRAPs at night
sent by TR Army
to border outposts of Hatay
all across from Rajo to Bab Al Hawa pic.twitter.com/5FhY3EQFAY
— T-155: TOPUNUZ GELİN (@AkEl_Saruman) 16 September 2017
Syrian opposition activists claimed that the new deployment is a part of the Turkish Army preparations for a military operation in the northern Idlib countryside.
Meanwhile, local sources from Idlib governorate reported that Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) redeployed large forces to the border with Turkey as well as to the Abu al-Duhur airbase in the southwestern Aleppo countryside.
HTS is likely preparing for possible military operations of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Turkish Army against it in Idlib governorate. Many Syrian opposition activists believe that a joint operation against HTS is a part of the de-escalation agreement in Idlib governorate.
In a separated development, clashes broke out on Sunday between joint forces of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement the Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around Darat Izza town in the northwestern Aleppo countryside.
Syrian opposition sources claimed that the FSA and the Ahrar al-Sham Movement repelled an attack of the SDF on Darat Izza. Meanwhile, the SDF claimed that the Ahrar al-Sham Movement and the FSA shelled its positions Jalmah village west of Afrin city.
The SDF claimed that it hit a position of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement around Darat Izza with an ATGM. The SDF said that 5 fighters of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement were killed in the attack.
The SDF is likely trying to take advantage of the current de-escalation agreement to capture more areas west of Afrin city in order to secure it.
The SDF captured many Arabian areas east of Afrin city in a similar way before the beginning of the Turkish operation in the northern and northeastern Aleppo countryside in 2016.