Turkey Delivers US-Made Drilling Equipment to Tahrir Al-Sham to Strengthen Underground Positions

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey has equipped Tahrir al-Sham (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorist group with the US-made drilling vehicles to build underground tunnels under the supervision of its former Saudi commander Abdullah Muhammad al-Muhaysini.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted local sources in Idlib province as saying that recently Tahrir al-Sham has received 8 drilling vehicles through a businessman in Turkey and transferred them to several regions in Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib and Kafr Zita, al-Latamineh and Sahl al-Qab in Northern Hama.

They added that Tahrir al-Sham intends to build underground tunnels like what existed in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus with the aim of reinvigoration of its positions in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib fronts under the supervision of al-Muhaysini.

The sources also said that a delegation of foreign engineers from different Arab countries as well as construction experts and the terrorists who had earlier been transferred to this region from Eastern Ghouta collaborate in the operations.

Relevant reports said late last month that the Turkish army deployed in areas under its control in Hama and Idlib provinces backs Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at in its attacks against the Syrian Army positions and safe zones in Northern Syria, the Arabic-language media outlets reported.

Sputnik news agency quoted a Syrian Army source as saying that the Syrian Army’s military positions came under the Turkish Army’s artillery attacks while the government forces were thwarting the terrorist groups’ attacks on their positions in Northwestern Hama.

The source pointed to the military and logistic supports from the Ankara-controlled areas for terrorists in Northern Syria, and said that the terrorist group, specially Tahrir al-Sham and Turkistani Party, had set up new military positions near Ankara-controlled areas; while the terrorist groups in their recent attack had deployed their militants in the surrounding areas of Ankara-controlled areas in Shir al-Magar in Hama and provided support for them.