BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 A.M.) – The Turkish Army is to take over one of the Syrian Arab Air Force’s largest helicopter bases in the country’s north and use it as a command center to oversee military positions recently it has set up across Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

According to reports, a Turkish military convoy of four vehicles entered Syria on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday heading towards the Taftanaz Airbase in northern Idlib province.

Upon arrival Turkish forces stayed at the site for several hours before departing back to Turkey.

Opposition sources report that Turkey is planning to take over the Taftanaz Airbase and use it as a operations room to command positions – referred to as ‘observation points’ – recently established by its forces across northwest Syria.

The development comes two days after the Turkish Army declared it had finished construction of a forth position in the Al-Eis region of southern Aleppo (opposite Syrian government lines).

Turkish forces are reportedly planning on establishing ten military positions across northwest Syria, ostensibly to monitor a de-escalation agreement for the region that has been brokered by Moscow and Ankara.

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2018-02-07 07:49

How and when did the Syrian army and air force lose control of Taftanaz Airbase in the first place?

2018-02-07 14:34
Reply to  jojo

Maybe… at the times when 170,000 armed rebels (that’s *not* counting Daesh) came out of the “blue” (read: Turkey) and ravaged the country, killing some 40,000 SAA conscripts in a couple months, in a well-planned (read: Jordanian OpRoom) surprise take over of 50%+ of Syria’s inhabitated territory?

Before you ask: it’s the same time window about which Kurds blame Assad for “not defending/betraying” them (that is: he was supposed to lose Damascus, Homs, Aleppo, Hama while happily deploying all Syrian still standing resources in “Rojava”).