On December 2, the Turkish Armed Forces established yet another post in the al-Zawiya Mount in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The new post was established in an advanced position south of the town of al-Bara, along the frontline with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
Last month, the Turkish military established two similar posts in the al-Zawiya Mount in southern Idlib. The mountains region is located south of the M4 highway, which links the port city of Lattakia with Aleppo city.
A recent report by Enab Baladi revealed that Turkish forces are planning to conduct patrols in the al-Zawiya Mount. The SAA was reportedly eyeing the region.
The military buildup in the al-Zawiya Mount coincided with a Turkish withdrawal from four posts besieged by the SAA in northern Hama, southern Idlib and western Aleppo.
According to a report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Turkey is not planning to withdraw its troops from any other post besieged by the SAA as for now due to disagreements with Russia.
Turkey is yet to honor its commitments under the March 5 agreement with Russia. This may eventually lead to a new military escalation in Greater Idlib, where Turkish forces maintain more than 60 posts.
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