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Turkish Troops Begin Setting Up Observation Posts in Syria's Idlib

Turkish Troops Begin Setting Up Observation Posts in Syria's Idlib”

Turkey's Armed Forces that have earlier entered Syria's Idlib are establishing control in the city, Turkish General Staff said in a message October 13.

Erdogan's remarks come after the army announced in a statement that it began activities to establish observation posts in Idlib, northwestern Syria, under a May deal between Turkey - which backs groups opposed to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime - and Russian Federation and Iran, which support Assad.

It did not elaborate on the size of the deployment.

Turkish news media reported that the vehicles carrying the troops crossed into Idlib province late on Thursday.

Play 01:37 The first footage from tsk Idlib, Turkish special forces entered region last night, following announcement that TSK's reconnaissance teams entered Idlib.

While Turkey supports Syrian opposition fighters and calls for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Ankara has worked closely in the last few months with Russian Federation - who supports Assad - in the hope of bringing the war to an end. The three countries are guaranteeing the ceasefire regime in Syria.

Idlib is mainly controlled by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), which rejects the Astana process.

Idlib province is one of the four de-escalation zones unveiled in May by the participants in the Astana negotiations, which includes Russia, Iran and Turkey.

The Syrian conflict began after widespread protests against the government in 2011 but has since turned into a multi-front war that has killed more than 330,000 people.



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