On February 13 and 14, the Turkish military established two new “observation posts” in the so-called Greater Idlib region in northwest Syria.
The first post was reportedly established near the town of al-Jeineh in the western Aleppo countryside. The town is located less than 3 km to the west of the city of al-Atarib, a possible target of the ongoing Syrian Arab Army (SAA) operation in Aleppo.
The second post was set up in the vicinity of the town of Deir Sunbul in the southern Idlib countryside. The town is located 8 km to the northwest of the city of Ma`arat al-Nu`man, that was liberated by the Syrian military last month.
Meanwhile, the Turkish military deployed fresh reinforcements in Greater Idlib and along the border with the Syrian region. The reinforcements included armored vehicles, battle tanks, rocket launchers and artillery pieces.
The Turkish military buildup in Greater Idlib is clearly meant to intimidate the SAA. Nevertheless, the army is still advancing in the region facing very little to no resistance from Turkish-backed militants.
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