On November 20, the Turkish Armed Forces established yet another post in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The new post is located near the town of Baluon, south of the M4 highway, which links Lattakia’s port with Aleppo city, Syria’s industrial hub. This is the second Turkish post to be built in Balun’s outskirts.
A day earlier, a Turkish military convoy entered the town of Kansafra, south of Baluon. Several opposition activists claimed that a Turkish post would be established there soon.
According to a report of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Turkish forces have at least 71 posts in Greater Idlib.
Earlier this month, the Turkish military began evacuating several “observation posts” besieged by Syrian government troops in northern Hama, southern Idlib and western Aleppo.
These posts were supposed to “observe” the ceasefire in Greater Idlib. However, the Turkish military deployed heavy weapons and thousands of troops there, turning them into combat positions.
Turkey is likely planning to keep its troops in Greater Idlib for a long term. In a recent speech, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about annexing parts of Syria, namely Idlib and Afrin.
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