The Turkish military is planning to form a joint force with its proxies in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, Baladi News reported on March 29, citing sources with knowledge of the plan.
According to the sources, the Turkish military will form five commando brigades, three with the National Front for Liberation (NFL) and two with the Syrian National Army (SNA). These brigades will be “jointly” commanded by Turkish and Syrian officers.
Each one of the five commando brigades will consist of 1,500 Turkish soldiers and 1,500 Syrian militants. The new force will supposedly be named the Special Commandos Force (SCF). Training will reportedly be held in military facilities inside Turkey.
“The formation, which will have around 9,000 Syrian personnel, will be tasked with operations if the Russian-Turkish ceasefire was violated,” a source told the pro-opposition outlet.
Other sources claimed that the new force will actually work to implement the agreement, by securing the M4 highway. The strategic highway links the coastal city of Lattakia with Aleppo city in northern Syria.
The formation of a commando force of this scale will for sure challenge the influence of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Greater Idlib. However, the formation of this force appears to be a part of Turkey’s preparations for a new confrontation with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies.
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