On January 23, the Turkish Armed Forces established two new posts in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
According to Enab Baladi, both posts were established in the town of Qastoun in the far north of the al-Ghab Plains in the northwestern Hama countryside.
A commander in the National Front for Liberation, one of Turkey’s key proxy groups in Greater Idlib, told the pro-opposition outlet that the first post was set at Qastoun’s school, while the second one was built on the town’s “strategic” hilltop.
In a related development, Turkish troops were deployed along the M4 highway, which links the port city of Lattakia with Aleppo city. Opposition sources said the Turkish military will conduct a patrol on the highway soon.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Turkish military maintains more than 60 posts in Greater Idlib.
Recently, the Turkish military established a new network of posts in the al-Zawiya Mount in southern Idlib. Now, Turkish forces are reinforcing their presence in northwestern Hama.
By deploying more troops in Greater Idlib, Turkey is attempting to deter the Syrian Arab Army. Any new operation by the army in Greater Idlib will likely lead to a confrontation with Turkish troops. The region’s militants are taking advantage of the growing Turkish presence and launch more and more attacks on government forces.
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