On September 13, the Turkish military deployed several M60 battle tanks and armored vehicles at its observation post near the town of Murak in the opposition-held part of the northern Hama countryside, according to the Syrian news outlet Enab Baladi.
The pro-opposition news outlet noted that this was the first time when Turkey delpoyed such heavy weapons at one of its observation posts in northern Syria. Its unknown yet if this Turkish move was coordinated with Russia and Iran, the two other participants of the Astana process.
The Turkish observation post near Murak, which was built on April 7, is one of twelve, which were established in the Syrian governorates of Aleppo, Idlib, Hama and Lattakia under a Russian-Turkish-Iranian agreement .
A day earlier, Turkish and Syrian opposition sources told the Reuters news agency that Turkey is reinforcing all of its observation posts in Idlib in order to deter the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies, who are planning to launch a large-scale attack on militant groups there.