On October 15 morning, the Turkish Armed Forces established a new military post in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The post was set by a newly-deployed forces near the town of Qoqfin in the southwestern Idlib countryside. According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, this is the first Turkish post in that part of Idlib.
“Regime forces repeatedly attempted to advance and capture the town [Qoqfin],” the monitoring group said.
Qoqfin post is the Turkish Armed Forces’ 69th military installation in Greater Idlib. The region is ruled by a ceasefire that was brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5.
A day earlier, a large Turkish unit, armed with battle tanks and howitzers, was deployed next to the town of Maratah in southwestern Idlib. No post was established there, however.
Turkey’s military buildup indicates that Greater Idlib may be heading to a new escalation. The remaining militants in the region are violating the ceasefire on a regular basis. It is possible that militants are preparing to launch a large attack in the region with Ankara’s support.
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