Turkish forces have started entering Syria’s Idlib province under the previously reached de-escalation agreement in the area, the major Russian news agency Interfax reported on September 30 citing own source with knowledge of the situation.
According to the source, Ankara is now deploying units of own military police inside the Syrian territory, near the border with Turkey.
On October 1, the Turkish conservative newspaper Yeni Şafak reported that a convoy of armored vehicles, communications and military personnel vehicles arrived in Reyhanlı district near the Syrian border. The newspaper added that the reinforcements are aimed at strengthening security on the border with Syria. This was the recent in a series of Turksih military deployments in the area.
Turkey, Iran and Russia reached an agreement of establishing a de-escalation zone in Idlib province during the Astana talks in September. According to reports, the establishment of the zone will include deployment of Turkish, Russian and Iranian forces in the area.
If Interfax’s report is confirmed, the implementation of the agreement has de-facto started.