The Turkish military has established a mega-base next to the al-Bab al-Hawa crossing with the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, the Step News Agency revealed on March 17.
A source in Turkish-backed forces told the pro-opposition agency that the base, which is named “Cilvegözü 50,” is the main point for the Turkish military on the border with Syria. All the decisions related to the movements of Turkish troops in Syria are being made there.
“The military base will be the receiving station for the Turkish convoys coming from the Turkish interior,” the source said. “Any Turkish convoy that will enter Syria will depart from it towards the nearby Cilvegözü 1 base, then towards the military crossing with Syria.”
According to the source the Turkish base currently hosts:
- 20 senior officers and 400 soldiers of the Turkish Armed Forces;
- 700 armored vehicles and armored personnel carriers;
- 100 battle tanks.
The Step News Agency shared a video of the Turkish base which is located 1 km to the north of the border line with Syria. The video shows dozens of vehicles as well as surveillance systems in the base.
According to the agency’s sources, the Turkish military will further expand and fortify the base in the upcoming few days. Three checkpoints will be established around the base.
The Turkish military maintains more than 60 posts and bases in Greater Idlib, where many terrorist group are active. Thousands of heavily-armed Turkish troops are currently deployed there.
Turkey appears to be building infrastructure that would support a large military deployment in Syria for the long term. Ankara is clearly not planning to leave Syria anytime soon. This could only further inflame the war.
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