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Turkish Army Hurrying To Protect Militants In Idlib City From Syrian Army Offensive: Report

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Turkish Army Hurrying To Protect Militants In Idlib City From Syrian Army Offensive: Report

Turkish forces are seen near Mount Barsaya, northeast of Afrin, Syria January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

A convoy of the Turkish military has inspected terrorists’ positions around Idlib city in what appears to be preparations to establish “observation posts” there, the al-Mayadeen TV reported on February 2, citing local sources.

“The positions which were scouted by the convoy, that consisted from 4 Turkish armored vehicles and some militants’ vehicles, are al-Matsumah camp, south of the city of Idlib, the eastern spinning factory, and the al-Kansarwah factory in the west,” the Lebanese new channel quoted one of the sources as saying.

According to the sources, one of the positions, the al-Matsumah camp, is hosting training facilities for al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and foreign terrorist groups.

The sources believe that the Turkish military has chosen these positions, which are considered the main defense line of Idlib city, to establish several new observation posts.

In the last two weeks, the Turkish military established at least three observation posts around the city of Saraqib in the southeastern Idlib countryside. It remains unclear if these new posts were established in coordination with Russia.

Turkey likely believes that these posts will stop or slow down the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advance in Greater Idlib. Earlier, the army already besieged three Turkish posts in southern and southeastern Idlib.

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