Turkey Preparing to Deploy Forces in Idlib

TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Turkish daily revealed Ankara’s plan to deploy its military forces in Idlib province in Syria.

Yeni Safak newspaper referred to Turkey’s plan to enter Idlib from three main points, and claimed that the measure will be adopted to protect the region and prevent the Kurdish forces’ advances towards the Mediterranean Sea.

According to the report, Turkey is now ready to implement its plan and seeks to take the control of a region in the Northern parts of Idlib 85 km in length and 35 km in depth.

Also, according to the news websites affiliated to the opposition groups, Turkey will most possibly enter Idlib through the two regions of Atmeh to the town of Dar al-Izzah and Jabal Barakat in Western Aleppo or through Salqin and Harem regions.

The report added that in addition to the Turkish military vehicles which have been sent from Atmeh to Idlib, 30 other vehicles have also entered the province through Bab al-Salamah.

Yeni Safak also reported that 1,500 to 2,000 Free Syrian Army (FSA) members have been trained and are prepared to start operation in Idlib.

The report came after local sources said that simultaneous with the eruption of a fresh round of clashes with Ahrar al-Sham, the representatives of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board) are in Turkey to persuade the Turkish Army not to back up the rival terrorist group of Ahrar al-Sham in Northwestern Syria.

The sources reported in May that while a number of senior members of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at are in Turkey to negotiate about an imminent meddling of the Turkish army in Idlib, the terrorist group has increased the number of its checkpoints in Idlib province.

The sources added that Tahrir al-Sham feels much worried about an operation of the Turkish army in support of Ahrar al-Sham rival group and has, hence, called on Ahrar al-Sham to pull out its forces from Western Idlib in 48 hours.

A local source in the town of Kafr Takharim said that Tahrir al-Sham has established a large number of checkpoints along the road connecting Idlib to the town of Salqin, erected walls and other forms of entanglement and deployed military vehicles behind them to enhance its defense capabilities.

Tahrir al-Sham has, meantime, planted a large number of land mines near the entanglements.

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