On July 1, the Turkish military established yet another post in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, which is controlled by several terrorist groups.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the new post was set in the town of Maaret Elnaasan in western Aleppo. This is the second post established in the town.
The Turkish military has, so far, established 66 posts in Greater Idlib, a large part of them located along the M4 highway. The highway links the port city of Lattakia with Aleppo city, the country’s industrial hub.
Earlier today, the Turkish military and the Russian Military Police conducted their 19th joint patrol on the M4. The patrol reached the vicinity of the city of Jisr al-Shughur in southwest Idlib for the first time ever. The new patrol didn’t face any problems.
Turkey is making serious efforts to implement the March 5 agreement with Russia. Nevertheless, it is also boosting its military presence in Greater Idlib. This indicates that Ankara is still preparing for a possible military confrontation with the Syrian military and its allies.