Idlib | Turkish forces conduct training for fighters of the National Liberation Front on using anti-tank heat-seeker missiles • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Idlib | Turkish forces conduct training for fighters of the National Liberation Front on using anti-tank heat-seeker missiles

Idlib province: SOHR sources have reported that Turkish forces in Idlib are conducting new training for fighters of the National Liberation Front. According to SOHR sources, Turkish forces started training 200 fighters of the NLF how to use various types of anti-tank heat-seeker missiles. These exercises come as a part of preparations for repelling possible military attacks by regime forces in Idlib province in light of the statements by the Russians and Syrian regime about an imminent military operation in the province, along with the arrival of more reinforcement of regime forces to the frontlines.

 

According to SOHR sources, the Turks plan to conduct training for the Syrian fighters in order to participate with the Turkish soldiers in the military battles or to order them to fight on the frontlines, so that Turkish forces wolf not have to risk their soldiers’ lives. Its worth noting that most of the shooters of anti-tank missiles had been trained in the past years under supervision of foreign military experts, particularly from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

 

On October 2, reliable sources have SOHR that the Turkish forces’ command in the “de-escalation zone” issued a circular, ordering Turkish troops and their proxy factions in the region to react to any attacks by regime forces on the Turkish posts

 

However, the Turkish forces’ command informed the factions in charge of artillery units and rocket launchers not to target regime positions or regime-held areas indiscriminately, and that they would have to check the liaison committee and take coordinates of the positions planned to be targeted. It is worth noting that the liaison committee, tasked to coordinate between Turkish forces on one hand, and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and the National Liberation Front on the other regarding the attacks on regime forces, had shared a strategy of using heavy weapons with the two sides in the case that their areas came under regime attack. According to this strategy, Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham would be in charge of the artillery system, while the National Liberation Front would be in charge of the rocket launchers.

 

Turkish artillery units and rocket launchers were distributed in several posts in the “de-escalation zone”, the most prominent of which were the following:

 

  • Bennish post which contains heavy artillery units

 

  • Taftanaz airbase and al-Mastumah camp which contain rocket launchers and tracked artillery units

 

  • Sarmin post which contains tracked artillery units

 

  • Ibbin post which contains tracked artillery units

 

  • A post on the top of Nabi Ayoub which contains heavy artillery units, rocket launchers and anti-aircraft system

 

  • Balyoun post which contains tracked artillery units

 

  • Al-Twaamah post which contains heavy artillery units and rocket launchers.

 

It is worth noting that all Turkish posts were provided with mortars in order to deal immediately with any surprise attacks on these posts.

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