المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After the failure of negotiations between the “jihadist” factions and its intelligence, Turkey sends tens of trucks carrying forces and equipment to its observation posts in Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the entry of a new Turkish column of tens of vehicles, consists of military, logistic equipment, and soldiers of the Turkish Forces into the Syrian territory, where the column entered after midnight of yesterday and split into two parts, the first part reached the Turkish point in Morek area in the northern countryside of Hama, and the other one arrived at the Turkish point in al-Sarman area in the countryside of Maarrat al-Nu’man, in a continuation of the operations of strengthening the Turkish observation points which are deployed in several areas in the provinces of Idlib, Hama, and Aleppo, and to swith the forces present at these points and enhance their presence before the start of regime’s military operation in Idlib.

This reinforcement of sites comes after the failure of negotiations between the “jihadist” factions and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham operating in Idlib Province, and between the Turkish intelligence, within its endeavors to persuade Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and the factions to resolve themselves before the regime forces start the military operation, of which they have been preparing to carry out in Idlib Province, and its surroundings from the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Idlib and Latakia, during which the regime forces seek to control the factions’ controlled areas in the above-mentioned provinces, while the Syrian Observatory learned that the factions and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham are mostly still refusing to dissolve themselves or accept any alternative solutions to the fight until the end, where these factions are affirming that and rejecting any kind of bargaining, negotiation, and reconciliation with the regime or any other party allied with the regime, this stubbornness is accompanied by confusion among their leaders and members, as a section of which has agreed to the demands of the Turkish authorities to resolve themselves, while the larger section rejects this process and refuses to approve any of the Turkish terms within the Negotiations.

The Syrian Observatory published on Monday morning, the 27th of August 2018 that  reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that these negotiations come after increased pressures by regional and international parties on the Turkish side, in parallel with the increase in pace of the preparations for Idlib battle, where Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham controls the largest part of Idlib province, and shares it with other 3 parties: the rebel and Islamic factions, the Islami Turkestani Party, and the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them.

Also the sources informed the Syrian Observatory that the Turkish Forces are trying to persuade Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and other parties of the negotiation, warning them of the consequences of not agreeing to the solution, which is to bear the burden and responsibility of the military operation to be conducted in Idlib province, for which the regime forces and their allies have been significantly preparing over the past weeks, by bringing in thousands of members of their forces and loyal gunmen as well as hundreds of faction fighters who have recently joined the “reconciliation”, and hundreds of vehicles, armored vehicles, ammunition, and machinery, and deploying them in areas starting from Latakia Mountains down to the southern countryside Aleppo through Sahl al-Ghab and the northern countryside of Hama and the southeastern countryside of Idlib.

The Syrian Observatory monitored on Thursday morning, the 29th of August 2018, the entry of vehicles and armored vehicles of the Turkish forces across the Syrian – Turkish border into the countryside of Idlib and Hama, where intersected sources confirmed that a section of the column headed to al-Sarman point in the eastern countryside of Idlib, while the other section headed to the Turkish observation point in Morek area in the northern countryside of Hama, and the Syrian Observatory monitoring the vehicles carrying on board several soldiers and equipment. The entry of this new column comes within the series of operations of switching soldiers by the Turkish forces at the observation posts, or strengthening the points with more soldiers, in conjunction with entering several shipments carrying concrete blocks and prefabricated walls through the border crossing between Turkey and Syria, where the Turkish forces are using them to fortify their military points and surround them with concrete blocks and walls in anticipation of surprise attacks that may target them and to increase the protection of their members.

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