DAMASCUS, (BM) – Turkey has deployed more than 450 military vehicles to the northwestern part of Syria. They came from the neighboring province of Hatay, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to SOHR, the convoy consisted of armored vehicles and heavy weapons. It is noted that the arrival of reinforcements took place a day after the air strike of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the province of Idlib.
As we reported earlier this month, Russian Aerospace Forces planes attacked the positions of Syrian militants in the region of Idlib province.
On August 18, the Russian Su-24M bombers launched a series of attacks on militant positions in the north of Idlib province. It is not excluded that these actions are a response to attempt to undermine the Russian-Turkish patrol on the M4 highway on August 17, the Military Observer Telegram channel informed then.
The source reported that the bombers launched a series of strikes in the north of Idlib province, where the militants are located. Local media reported that the attacks were carried out on the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group. It is possible that these are the militants who are behind the attempt to undermine the Russian-Turkish patrol on the M4 highway.
Earlier it was reported that an explosion occurred on the route of the Russian-Turkish military patrol in the province of Idlib. The Russian military did not suffer.
War in Syria
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.