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Turkish Military Establishes First Observation Post Near Idlib City

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Turkish Military Establishes First Observation Post Near Idlib City

TOPSHOT – Turkish army tanks gather close to the Syrian border on January 21, 2018 at Hassa, in Hatay province. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

On February 7 morning, the Turkish military established its first observation post around the city of Idlib in northwest Syria.

According to opposition sources, a unit of the Turkish Armed Froces, consisting of several battle tanks, vehicles and dozens of troops, established the post in the “Military Housing Complex,” which is located between Idlib city and the town of Sarmin to the south.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is now situated less than 1 km away from Sarmin and only 9 km to the south of Idlib’s city center.

A day earlier, the Turkish military took over Taftanaz Air Base in eastern Idlib, deploying dozens of battel tanks, armored vehicles and engineering vehicles there.

Al-Mayadeen reported earlier this week that the Turkish military inspected terrorists’ positions around Idlib city in what appears to be preparations to establish observation posts there.

The Turkish military followed the same tactic in Saraqib, establishing four posts around it last week in an effort to stop the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attack. However, the army went on and liberated the city.

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