Citing a source close Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, Al-Watan reported that the Turkish army has demanded the jihadist group to withdraw from its positions in the demilitarized zone as soon as possible.
The Turkish military allegedly told Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham that if they do not withdraw from the demilitarized zone, they will face a large-scale operation by the Syrian troops and Russian warplanes.
Al-Watan went on to say that the Turkish Army officers, in a meeting with Tahrir al-Sham commanders in one of the observation posts, announced that the Turkish Army will take no sides once the Syrian Army starts the operation and will not provide backup for the jihadist group.
The Turkish side has informed Tahrir al-Sham of the vast deployment of Syrian forces in contact lines with the jihadists in the demilitarized zone from northeastern Latakia up to western Aleppo, the daily added.
Ankara has also told the jihadists that its army troops in the region have been monitoring deployment of terrorists and their heavy weapons in the demilitarized zone, warning that Tahrir al-Sham’s positions are within the Damascus forces’ fire range, the paper said.
Al-Watan said that the Turks have urged Tahrir al-Sham to withdraw from Aleppo-Hama and Aleppo-Lattakia highways by the end of current year.
The daily said that the Syrian Army has deployed almost 120,000 soldiers at 232 points, laying siege on the demilitarized zone from 3 directions.