The Turkish Armed Forces have abandoned another “observation post” in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
On November 26, Turkish troops completed their withdrawal from the post which is located near the town of Saraqib in southern Idlib. The town overlooks the M5 highway that links Hama and Aleppo, and the M4 highway between Aleppo and Lattakia.
Turkish troops were deployed earlier this year in the post in a desperate attempt to stop the Syrian Arab Army advance along the M5 highway. The post was eventually besieged by government forces.
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This was the fourth post to be evacuated by Turkish troops this month. Similar posts in northern, northwestern Hama and western Aleppo were abandoned over the last few weeks.
While Turkey is withdrawing its troops from the besieged posts, it is working to establish several military positions in the al-Zawiya Mount, south of the M4.
Turkish military presence in Grater Idlib was supposedly meant to counter the growing influence of terrorist groups there. Nevertheless, Ankara’s forces are doing nothing whatsoever to confront these groups and prevent them from violating the fragile ceasefire in the region.
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