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Turkish Forces Withdrew From Three Posts In Aleppo While Preparing To Establish Base In Idlib

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On December 10, the Turkish Armed Forces began building a large base in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.

Taher al-Omar, a media man for al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), said that the new Turkish base is being built near the town of al-Bara in the southern countryside of Idlib. Al-Omar did not provide any additional information on the matter.

Turkish Forces Withdrew From Three Posts In Aleppo While Preparing To Establish Base In Idlib

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Turkish forces have more than 60 posts and several military camps and bases in different parts of Greater Idlib, which is controlled by HTS. Over the past month, Turkish forces have established several new posts in Greater Idlib, mainly south of the Lattakia-Aleppo highway, the M4.

The ongoing military buildup in Greater Idlib coincides with the withdrawal of Turkish troops from posts besieged by Syrian government forces in northern Hama, southern Idlib and western Aleppo.

A day earlier, Turkish forces withdrew from a post located in the district of al-Rashidin, west of Aleppo city. On December 10, three other posts in Khan Tuman, Alsurman and al-Kurani were evacuated.

Turkish Forces Withdrew From Three Posts In Aleppo While Preparing To Establish Base In Idlib

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By stepping up its military presence in Greater Idlib, Turkey is trying to deter Syrian government forces. In the last few months, many local sources claimed that Damascus and its allies are preparing to launch a new operation against terrorist groups in the region. A majority of these groups is apparently allied with Turkey.

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