Turkey sent special forces to the south of Idlib in Syria, sources said
DAMASCUS, (BM) – Turkey sent special forces to the south of Idlib, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according information from Syrian journalists. According to local media, Ankara’s operation took place a few days ago. Eyewitnesses said that they saw special units of the Turkish Armed Forces in the south of the country.
Journalists suggested that the enhancement is associated with providing access to a strategically important facility – the M4 highway. Other sources claim that Turkish forces can prepare provocations against Syrian government forces and the Russian military.
At the moment, Turkish officials have not commented on the deployment of troops to southern Syria. Journalists said that the area near the M4 road is being cleared to provide access to the facility for Russian forces.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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