Al Qaeda-linked terrorists attacked a Turkish convoy in Idlib

DAMASCUS, (BM) – A Turkish convoy was attacked by the terrorist group Sariat Ansar Abu Baker al-Siddiq on April 8th in Idlib province, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing field sources and a statement from the group itself.

The attack took place on the road between Al-Bara and Ehsim and was carried out with an improvised explosive device. According to sources, the Turkish convoy was transporting supplies and soldiers who had previously arrived from Turkey. There are no reports of casualties, but if there are, official confirmation from Turkey should come today or tomorrow. Turkey has a practice of commenting on deaths 24 hours after the attacks.

The attack’s cause was revenge by the tourist group, which learned that Turkish soldiers had insulted Afrin women for wearing Islamic veils. Afrin locates in the province of Aleppo.

“One of the units of Saryat Ansar Abu Baker As-Siddiq targeted a military convoy of the Turkish NATO army on the road connecting between the two villages of Ehsism-al-Bara in Jabal al-Zawiya- south Idlib countryside. And that is in revenge for the Muslim women who were degraded at the Turkish forces’ hands because they were wearing Shari’a dress. And we achieved strikes, praise and thanks be to God,” the statement said.

Not for the first time

This attack is not the first time Turkish troops and convoys have been attacked in these parts of Syria. Since 2020, several Turkish soldiers have been killed in Idlib’s areas by the terrorist group Saryat Ansar Abu Baker al-Siddiq. Jihadist soldiers carry out attacks against the Turks by all possible means: improvised explosive devices, sniper rifles, missiles, grenades, and mortars.

In the last 24 hours, Turkish forces have come under various small or medium attacks. We remind you that only a day ago in Afrin, there was a rocket attack by Kurdish forces, which took the lives of two Turkish service members.

Ankara has made many enemies as a result of its intervention in Syria.

War in Syria

In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, 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, agreed that 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 use power.

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 several 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. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.

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