On March 8, the Turkish military established yet another “observation post” in the Greater Idlib region in northwest Syria.
According to opposition sources, the new “observation post” was set near the town of Zardana in the northeastern Idlib countryside, 15 km away from the governorate’s city center.
This was the second observation post to be established by the Turkish military this week. On March 5, a post was set in the town of Kafr Nasih in the western Aleppo countryside, a part of the Greater Idlib region.
Meanwhile, Turkish military reinforcements continued to arrive in Greater Idlib. On March 8, three convoys, consisting of howitzers, armored personnel carriers (APCs) and other military vehicles, entered the Syrian region.
Earlier this week, Turkey and Russia reached a new agreement on Greater Idlib. Under the new agreement, a ceasefire was put in place and joint patrols are expected to begin within a week on the Aleppo-Lattakia highway.
Nevertheless, the Turkish military buildup in Greater Idlib suggests that Ankara may be preparing for a confrontation with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the region.