The Turkish Army has reportedly crossed their southern border and entered Syria by way of the ‘Etmeh crossing inside the Idlib Governorate on Tuesday morning; this act of defiance marks the second time this year that the Turkish Army has deliberately crossed the Syrian-Turkish border to enter Syria’s northern countryside.
According to social media activists inside the Idlib Governorate, a Turkish tank brigade crossed the border into the Syrian town of ‘Etmeh, where they took-up their positions at the Al-Halaqa Mountains in order begin building a wall along the border.
The purpose of this Turkey Army movement is not entirely know nor their current status inside the town of ‘Etmeh; however, the Turkish Government has expressed their dissatisfaction in the recent Russian airstrikes over the Idlib, Hama, Al-Raqqa, Aleppo, Latakia, and Deir Ezzor Governorates, as they have primarily targeted the Islamist rebels and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
Earlier this year, the Turkish Army crossed into northern Aleppo after ISIS threatened to destroy the Suleiman Shah tomb – they recovered the artifacts and moved the remains to Turkey after they left Syria.
Some military analysts still believe that the Turkey is planning on implementing a no-fly-zone over northern Syria, but their recent actions have been viewed more as a threat than a promise.