Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – A large Turkish military convoy reportedly deployed to the border of northwestern Syria last night, the state-owned Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday.

According to the Anadolu report, the Turkish military was comprised of 50 armored vehicles that made their way to the Hatay Province’s border with the Idlib Governorate.

The Turkish military troops, which were comprised of their commando units, deployed to the Qarqkhan District of the Hatay Province.

While the reason for the deployment was not revealed, it likely has to do with the new reports of a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive in northwestern Syria.

Since May, Turkey has accused the Syrian Army of frequent attacks on some of their observation points. The most recent Syrian Army attack on the Turkish observation post resulted in a hostile exchange between the two parties.

The Syrian government has demanded that Turkey completely withdraw from Syria; however, Ankara maintains that they are fighting ‘terrorists’ along their border.

The ‘terrorists’ targeted by the Turkish military are members of the U.S.-backed People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Ankara claims both of these Kurdish-led groups are offshoots of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

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Syrian Government, President and the Syrian Armed forces have complete & total right over all the lands that belong to Syria. It is Turkey which is tress passing and entering into Syrian land and this is an act of aggression and also using paid & hired terrorists & jihadis to wage war against Syria. In fact UN should declare Turki as a sponsor or Terrorists & declare it a terror sponsoring country. Syrian Army has all the right to defend itself & its land. As for the terrorists & Jihadis in Idlib & Hama if Turki is so worried about… Read more »

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syrialiveuamaps reports that there are several anti aircraft vehicles in the Turkish convoy.