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Turkish Forces Killed Armed Woman Near Military Camp In Southern Idlib


Turkish Forces Killed Armed Woman Near Military Camp In Southern Idlib

Turkish forces are seen at Mount Barsaya in northeast of Afrin, January 28, 2018 / Khalil Ashawi / Reuters

On September 17 afternoon, Turkish forces killed an armed woman that approached one of their main posts in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.

The woman attempted to enter a large Turkish military camp in the vicinity of the town of Almastumah in the southern Idlib countryside. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the woman was armed with a “Kalashnikov” rifle. Other sources claimed that she was also wearing a suicide vest.

Turkish forces shot and killed the armed woman near the main gate of Almastumah Camp. Her body was retrieved by militants of the Turkish-backed Sham Legion.

The identity of the woman was not revealed. However, it is likely that she was a member of one of Greater Idlib’s numerous jihadi groups.

Several attacks have targeted Turkish troops in Greater Idlib over the past few weeks. On August 28, a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) hit a Turkish post in southwestern Idlib. A jihadi group called “Saryat Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq” claimed responsibility for the attack.

After the recent attacks, Turkish forces in the region were placed on high-alert. Two days ago, they injured a man after mistakenly identifying him as a militant.

The repeated attacks on Turkish forces in Greater Idlib is a sign of the jihadists’ growing resentment towards Ankara’s role in the region.




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