Turkey army says installing 'observation posts' in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkey's Armed Forces that have earlier entered Syria's Idlib are establishing control in the city, Turkish General Staff said in a message October 13.

Idlib is mainly controlled by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), which rejects the Astana process.

Turkey on late Thursday sent a convoy of about 30 military vehicles into rebel-held northwest Syria through the Bab al-Hawa crossing in Idlib, local media reported, citing a witness.

Turkish troops travelling in a convoy of 12 armoured vehicles have entered northern Syria in a new military operation.

The de-escalation zone is part of an agreement between Turkey, which backs forces battling the government of President Bashar al-Assad, and Iran and Russian Federation, which support his government.

The Turkish army is backing pro-Ankara Syrian rebels, who will need to oust HTS members in the area to allow Iranian, Russian and Turkish forces to implement the de-escalation zone.

In recent weeks, a military build-up had taken place on Turkey's border with Syria, with Turkeysupporting a campaign to secure opposition control over Idlib.

The fourth de-escalation zone includes Idlib but also parts of the neighbouring Latakia, Hama and Aleppo regions.

The deployment is part of the de-escalation deal brokered in Astana last month between Ankara, Tehran and Moscow.

The Syrian conflict began after widespread protests against the government in 2011 but has since turned into a multi-front war that has killed more than 330,000 people.



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