On September 9, the Turkish military deployed battle tanks, armored vehicles and artillery pieces in the southern city of Kilis near the Syrian-Turkish border, according to the Turkish Anadolu Agency. The stat-run news agency said that these heavy weapons will reinforce several posts on the Syrian-Turkish border.
Several Syrian opposition activists claimed that Turkey had also deployed more forces at its observation posts in the opposition-held part of northwestern Syria. However, these unsupported claims were viewed by local observers as an attempt to raise the morale of militants’ supporters in the region.
While opposition activists claim that the deployment of these units is aimed at preventing the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from launching an offensive in northwestern Syria. Other sources believe that Turkey is simply reinforcing its border ahead of the upcoming offensive to stop unwanted refugees.