On February 5, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) started another attempt to establish an observation post in the militant-held town of Al-Eis, close to positions of the Syrian Arab Army in southern Aleppo. A Turkish military column entered the area in the morning and reached the area few hours later.
Meanwhile, the Turkish General Staff reported that the TAF had established the fourth observation post in the “de-escalation zone” agreed with Russia and Iran during the Astana talks. The general staff added that Turkish forces had starteed reconnaissance for two additional observation points.
In the evening, some pro-Turkish sources started spreading reports that the TAF and the SAA had engaged each other in a series of artillery duels in the area. However, this was not confirmed by photos or videos.
— Riam Dalati (@Dalatrm) 5 February 2018