BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – A large Turkish military convoy entered the Idlib Governorate on Friday amid reports from opposition activists about a potential counter-offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

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According to the reports, over 100 Turkish Army vehicles, packed with commandos and other military personnel, entered the Idlib Governorate from the neighboring Hatay Province, where they made their way to the observation posts in northwestern Syria.

The reports claim the Turkish Army, along with their militant allies from the National Liberation Front (NLF), are planning to drive the Syrian Army back towards the deescalation zone that was agreed upon in Sochi.

If true, this would mark the first time during the Syrian conflict that the Turkish Army has taken the offensive against the Syrian Armed Forces.

While there have been minor skirmishes and occasional shelling between the Turkish and Syrian armies, they have never engaged in all out conflict.

The likelihood of a Turkish Army-led operation actually taking place seems rather unlikely, however, as Moscow and Ankara are expected to meet in the coming days to discuss the situation in Idlib.

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Anon
Anon
2020-02-07 18:11

Russia is running out of rope to keep Erdogan, and those who finance and enable his power, at bay. This conflict is at a tipping point and Russia is going to be forced to stop straddling the fence which it has adeptly straddled to this point. If Russian diplomats think they’re going to be able to talk Turkey into giving up its colonial aspirations in Syria while simultaneously disbanding the largest and most experienced mercenary force in the world, a force which they have poured billions into over the past decade, then they’re mistaken.