Turkey Sends Huge Military Convoys to Idlib as Damascus’ Op Looms – Reports

Middle East

Even though the Turkish defense minister warned against a military solution, Ankara sent reinforcement troops to the last remaining terrorist stronghold in Syria, Idlib province, on Friday.

The Turkish army has sent 15 vehicles, including 6 tanks, carrying weapons and munitions, to the Syrian province of Idlib through the Kfar Lusin border-crossing, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday.

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The vehicles reportedly moved towards the Turkish observation point in the Shir Magar area of Shashabo Mountain in the western countryside of Hama and the convoy was then split into two parts, with one leaving at the Shir Magar observation point and the other one heading towards the Ishtabraq observation point.

Ankara has not yet commented on the reports.

Earlier this week, the same monitoring group said that Ankara had dispatched convoys of troops to beef up its presence in Idlib ahead of the Syrian government’s looming offensive on the militant-held enclave. The convoys of Turkish forces also entered Idlib from the Kfar Lusin crossing and continued moving to some of the twelve Turkish observation points along the province border.

The reinforcements came notwithstanding Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar’s warnings that a military operation in Idlib would drag the province toward a…

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