Turkey has deployed special forces commandos to Idlib, Syria, Anadolu Agency has reported.

According to the news agency’s sources, armoured transports containing special forces troops were sent to Idlib through Reyhanli, a city near the border with Syria in Turkey’s Hatay province.

The Turkish military has also reportedly deployed multiple launch rocket artillery systems on the border with the Arab Republic.

Later Thursday, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar confirmed that reinforcements were being deployed to Idlib to “ensure the ceasefire,” and warned that the military would use force against anyone who violates the ceasefire, including unspecified ‘radical’ groups.

Moscow: Syrian Troops Fighting Terrorists on Their Own Territory

Commenting on the situation in Idlib on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that Damascus had every right to engage in anti-terrorist operations on its own territory.

“This is a matter of fulfilling the Sochi Accords and the obligations that the parties assumed in accordance with this document. Also, perhaps first and foremost, we’re talking about the fight against terrorism that the Syrian Armed Forces are waging on the territory of their country,” Peskov said, answering a reporter’s question on a possible US intervention in the Syria conflict.

On Wednesday, US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey told Turkish media that Washington supported Turkey’s ‘legitimate interests’ in Idlib.

On February 3, five Turkish troops were killed and five more injured in clashes with the Syrian Army, with Turkey responding by attacking Syrian army positions in the region. On Tuesday, the Turkish Defence Ministry claimed that dozens of Syrian troops, two tanks, an anti-aircraft installation and a munitions were destroyed. On Thursday, the Turkish military reported that it had ‘neutralized’ 55 more Syrian servicemen.

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Syria’s Foreign Ministry has vowed to continue fighting terrorist groups in Idlib and elsewhere notwithstanding Turkish threats, and has accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of supporting, arming and training terrorist organizations operating in the region. Damascus also reiterated that Turkey’s military presence on Syrian soil is illegal.

Idlib is one of four de-escalation zones created in Syria through the joint efforts of Russia, Iran and Turkey in 2017. The region is believed to contain tens of thousands of terrorist militants, as well as hundreds of thousands of civilians. Late last year, the Syrian Army began an operation in the region after repeated attacks on Syrian military positions by militants claimed the lives of dozens of servicemen.

 

Source: Sputnik

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The Turks’ proxy jihadists and Turkmen colonialists have just discovered reality. It’s one thing bullying/evicting Syrian civilians or killing lightly armed local Syrian policemen but it’s a totally different ball game fighting against a battle-hardened army like the SAA and their related militias. The Syrians have achieved one of their main aims of retrieving the M4/M5 road and they are not going to give that up. The Russians will help the Syrian Government retain that as it provides additional protection from jihadi attacks on the former’s leased Khmeimim air aase. Hence, the entry of the regular Turkish army to try… Read more »

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Why dont Iran launch ballistic missiles at these guys?

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I guess Putin will proclaim ceasefire and slowly and gradually SAA will degrade Turkish military and their hardware. Turkey will start to suffer economically as their involvement in Syria will last for a few years. The time is on Syrian and Russian side. Putin will outmanoeuvre sultan Erdogan I.
I guess if Turkey become more aggressive and drag Russia and Iran in the large scale war there is a big chance for Istanbul to become Constantinople again.