On April 24, the Turkish military established a new post in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, where several terrorist groups are present.
The new Turkish post was reportedly built near the village of al-Ziadiyah, in the outskirts of Jisr al-Shughur town in western Idlib. The region is tightly-controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkistan Islamic Party.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, al-Ziadiyah post is the 64th Turkish military positions in Greater Idlib.
Initially, Turkey established 12 posts in Greater Idlib to monitor a de-escalation agreement with Russia in 2018. The number of Turkish positions in the region grew dramatically in the next two years as militants lost more ground to the Syrian military and its allies.
Turkish positions in Greater Idlib host thousands of troops as well as heavy weapons, including battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, artillery, rocket launchers, surveillance systems, jammers and air-defense systems.
Turkey is not using its forces in Greater Idlib to tam terrorist groups, like HTS. Turkish forces are in fact acting as a shield for these groups.
Recently, a series of attacks targeted Turkish troops in Greater Idlib. A number of soldiers were killed or injured. These attacks were carried out by the same type of Salafists groups being protected by Ankara.
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