During the last 48 hours, the Turkish military deployed large reinforcements along the country’s border with Syria for unclear reasons.
The Anadolu Agency reported on July 10 that more than 20 trucks, battle tanks and self-propelled howitzers of the 20th Armored Brigade were deployed in the border town of Akcakale in the southern Turkish province of Sanlıurfa.
A day earlier, more than 50 armored vehicles carrying several commandos units were deployed in the town of Kırıkhan in the province of Hatay along the border with Syria’s Idlib.
The Turkish military occupies large parts of the northern Aleppo countryside, including the Kurdish area of Afrin. The army also has twelve observation post in the so-called Greater Idlib region.
Some Syrian opposition and Turkish sources believe that these reinforcements are a part of ongoing perpetrations for some military operation in northern Syria. However, Ankara is likely working to secure its border due to the increasing unrest in the “opposition-controlled” part of northwestern Syria.