On March 13, a convoy of the Turkish Armed Forces came under attack in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, where many al-Qaeda-affiliated groups are roaming free.
According to local sources, the convoy was moving on a road in the southeastern outskirt of Idlib city when one of its vehicles was struck with an improvised explosive device. Turkish forces quickly sealed the attack scene. Turkish forces allegedly suffered casualties as they carried out a security operation.
The Turkish Ministry of National Defense has not commented on the incident yet. The ministry usually acknowledges any fatalities in Syria within 24 hours.
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Currently, thousands of heavily-armed Turkish troops are deployed in more than 60 posts and bases across Grater Idlib. The region is, however, controlled by the al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
The attack near Idlib city is the most recent in a series of operations against Turkish troops in Greater Idlib. A number of newly-founded al-Qaeda-inspired groups claimed responsibility for some of the recent attacks.
Turkish forces have been shielding HTS and other al-Qaeda groups in Greater Idlib from Syrian government forces and their allies for over a year now.
Despite the increasing attacks on Turkish forces in Greater Idlib, Ankara remains committed to its support to militants. Recently, the Turkish militantly began a redeployment process in the region to improve the security of its troops.
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