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DECEMBER 2020

Turkish Army Establishes New “Observation Post” Near Syria’s Saraqib

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The Turkish military has established a second observation post in the vicinity of the city of Saraqib in the southeastern countryside of Syria’s Idlib, Enab Baladi, a pro-opposition outlet, reported on January 31.

A large convoy of the Turkish military, consisting of dozens of armored vehicles, trucks and even battle tanks, arrived in Saraqib a few days ago. Back then, Turkish forces established an observation post in the grain silos, southwest of Saraqib.

According to Enab Baladi, the second post was established late on January 30 north of Saraqib, near the strategic M5 highway.

Turkish Army Establishes New “Observation Post” Near Syria’s Saraqib

Click to see full-size map. Source: (@Suriyakmaps) on Twitter.

Opposition activists also claimed that the Turkish military has blocked the road to the city. However, militants denied this, revealing that the road was blocked by them.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is currently advancing towards Saraqib. The city is the main target of the army’s large-scale military operation in the southeastern Idlib countryside.

It remains unclear if the new Turkish observation posts were established in coordination with Russia. However, the purpose of the posts is apparent. Turkey seeks to stop the Syrian Army advance on Saraqib.

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