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Turkish Forces To Withdraw From Another Post Besieged By Syrian Army

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Turkish Forces To Withdraw From Another Post Besieged By Syrian Army

Turkish forces are seen near Mount Barsaya, northeast of Afrin, Syria January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Turkish are preparing to withdraw from another observation posts besieged by government forces in northwestern Syria, several sources reported on October 29.

The post in question is located near the town of Shir Mughar, in the northwestern countryside of Hama. The post was established in May of 2018. Last February, the post was besieged by the Syrian Arab Army, which captured much of the Ghab Plains.

“Turkish forces present at the eleventh post in the village of Sher Maghar, northwest of Hama, continuing their preparations to withdraw from the post within the Syrian regime-held areas, as they continue to dismantle their equipment in preparation for leaving the post,” the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a report.

The Istanbul-based Syria TV said Turkish troops will withdraw from Shir Mughar post to a newly-established post near the town of Qoqfin in the southwestern Idlib countryside.

Shir Mughar post will be the second Turkish observation point to be evaluated. Earlier this months, Turkish forces began withdrawing from a post near the town of Murak in the northern Hama countryside. According to the SOHR, the withdrawal process from the post is still ongoing.

Over the last two years, Turkish forces established more than 60 posts throughout Greater Idlib. Thousands of heavily-armed troops are deployed in these posts.

The Turkish withdrawal from Murak and Shir Mughar posts may be a sign of a new Russian-Turkish agreement on Greater Idlib. The situation in the region is still far from stable. The agreement reached on March 5 has not been implemented yet.

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