On January 3, the Turkish Armed Forces deployed large reinforcements in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
Opposition sources said that the reinforcements, which included dozens of battle tanks and other vehicles, were deployed in the al-Zawiya Mount in the southern countryside of Idlib.
Activists released videos showing a part of the reinforcements. Several covered-up battle tanks, most likely M60s, and BMC Kirpi mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles can be seen in the videos.
The al-Zawiya Mount is controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham. The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation also maintains a presence there.
The Turkish military has been reinforcing its troops in the al-Zawiya mount for the last two months. Several new posts were established in the region.
Last year, a number of reports said the Syrian Arab Army and its allies were preparing to launch a large ground attack on the al-Zawiya mount. This may be the reason behind the recent Turkish military buildup in the region.
Turkish forces, which maintain more than 60 positions in Greater Idlib, are not taking any real action against terrorists in Greater Idlib. This may soon lead to a new military escalation.
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