On March 17, a convoy of the Turkish Army, consisting of 100 armored vehicles, bulldozers and trucks, entered the town of Andan, only 7km north of Aleppo city, according to Syrian opposition sources.
The Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi and the Turkish Anadolu Agency confirmed that Turkish Army convoy will establish a new observation post in Anadan to monitor the de-esclation zone in Aleppo governorate.
The Turkish Army established three similar observation posts in the town of al-Eis in the southwestern Aleppo countryside and the villages of Tell Tuqan and Sarman in the southern Idlib countryside in February.
Turkey will likely establish even more observation posts in Idlib and Aleppo governorates in upcoming months. According to Tukey’s Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, Russia and Turkey have agreed to establish twelve observation posts in northern Syria during the Astana talks.
Anadolu Agency reported that the Russian forces will position themselves on the frontline separating the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and opposition forces in Idlib governorate under the Astana agreement. However, Syrian pro-government activists highly doubt that opposition forces will accept this.