The Turkish General Staff has deployed about 50 tanks to the Syrian border amid the preparation for a new military operation in Syria, TV channel Haberturk reported on Saturday.

The tanks were deployed yesterday morning under the command of the 20th armored brigade in the city of Sanliurfa. The equipment was deployed from Hatay Province. It was reported that in the future military equipment will be located directly on the Syrian border.

During the last several weeks Ankara has been reinforcing garrisons and army units with armored and support vehicles and artillery weapons.

It is linked to the preparation for a new military operation of Turkey in Syria in the Manbij area, which entered its active stage following US President Donald Trump’s declaration of the upcoming withdrawal of the American forces from Syria.

Manbij is one of the largest Kurdish centers in eastern Syria, and Ankara believes that Kurds should leave it and give the city to the Arab population of the country.

The Kurdish troops tried to refrain from direct confrontation with the Syrian government and did not support the opposition, demanding autonomy.

The Kurds found themselves in isolation facing the threat of the Turkish invasion and addressed Damascus for help on Friday, suggesting that the army should occupy the regions in Manbij controlled by them.

The Syrian General Staff reported on Friday that the government forces entered Manbij, but the Turkish side did not comment on this information.

On December 12, the Turkish president reported the intention to start an operation in the coming days against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units and the Democratic Union, which Ankara considers to be the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

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Before that, Turkey already held two military operations on Syrian territory: Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch, as a result of which a buffer zone of security was created between the bordering cities of Azaz and Jarabulus, and the Afrin region, which is populated by Kurds, was occupied.

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SAA and SDF have enough TOW missiles stock to take on these tanks. In this war we have seen how anti tank TOW missiles were effectively used by rebels against SAA Tanks too. SAA recently got enough TOW systems from the mop up of areas vacated by various terrorists who were earlier armed by Amrikans with TOW missiles and these were put on display.

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Turkish air power would be main consern for SAA and SDF

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@Jake, depends how far the installation and crew training of the Syrian SS 300 is. Ready SS 300 could interdict any of the Sultanate’s flights in support of its Jihadi Aḳıncı mercenaries.

The Sultan’s self coup and the following purges left the Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri short of skilled pilots. So even without SS 300 support Syria might be in a good position to impose a no fly zone above any attacking militants and could even be able to generate air support for SAA and SDF.

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Syrians wont dare to use S300 without Putin permission, if Turkey give good offer to Putin Kurds are doomed

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Everybody is talking about Manbij but remember, the Sultan will blow up in the air Kobane first. Turkish invasion will start from somewhere around Kobane. He is still mad ISIS couldn’t get that town years ago. Remember my words…

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@USR, likely, especially since Kobane is a symbol of his Jiahadis failures.

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Everybody is assuming the main Turkish attack, when it comes, will be directed at Manbij. But why should it? Manbij is complicated, with American, French, Russian and Syrian Government forces in and around the town. That makes ground operations risky, with the potential for a major escalation. Remember though that Erdogan has boasted of Turkish forces being able to finish the job against IS in the Euphrates valley. If he is intending to send the Turkish army down there, the quickest way is to mount a large-scale attack south from the Turkish border through Ayn Issa to Raqqa and from… Read more »