The first military shipment from Turkey to Syria’s Idlib was made on Thursday. Armored vehicles and mechanical diggers moved through the Hatay Cilvegözü border gate in Turkey’s southeast into Syria.
The vehicles that passed the border gate are waiting in the buffer zone.
Turkey has been preparing for an operation in Idlib for an extended period of time. Turkish troops will ensure the safety and security of Idlib’s population of 2 million that has been exposed to the horrors of civil war and massacres.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) instructed the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to be prepared for the operation on Monday.
The FSA and TAF conducted the Operation Euphrates Shield to improve security, support coalition forces and eliminate the terror threat along the Turkish border.
Turkey accelerates preparations for Afrin operation
Preparations for a military operation in Syria’s Afrin, a hotbed for the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) terrorist organization, have been accelerated. With military drills on Turkey’s borders, Afrin has been surrounded, and a logistics and supply line has been established.There is a great deal of activity for 100 kilometers in the region from Reyanlı-Bükülmez to Kilis. Measures were also taken to prevent infiltration of the settlements on the Syrian side of the border in Nasıriye, Sheikh Hadid, Sate, Raju, Meidan Ekbis and Bulbul. Security units in Amanos, which the PKK uses frequently to infiltrate Turkey, are on alert.Turkey amasses tanks along Syria borderTHREE-PRONGED MOBILIZATIONThe Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) have launched plans to expand the front in Atme, which is home to refugee camps and the line between the Syrian opposition and the PKK. This will enable the TAF to surround Afrin from three sides.TAF bases in the Euphrates Shield region and Turkish-backed opposition forces are also continuing their preparations. Military sources indicated that the main purpose of the operation was to isolate the terrorists in Afrin from the world.Afrin, one of the first areas that the PKK seized after the war in Syria, is one of the terrorist organization’s psychologically and strategically critical regions. Afrin plays a key role in the PKK’s plan to open a terror corridor into the Mediterranean. The terrorists in Afrin are allegedly bring reinforcements from Aleppo.PKK targets Syria’s oil-rich Deir ez-ZorClashes between the PKK terrorists and opposition forces are frequent in the region.The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The PKK has been conducting armed violence in the southeastern part of Turkey since 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the three-decade long conflict.MILITARY REINFORCEMENTSWhile Turkish troops are preparing to ensure security in Idlib in the context of the agreement made in Astana, the military shipment to the Hatay-Kilis line continued on Wednesday. Military vehicles were transported from Kırklareli to İskenderun Gar, close to the Turkey-Syria border.The military reinforcements were then taken to Ahmet Tor Barracks. The reinforcements included tanks, howitzers and armored vehicles that are to be positioned in border regions.PM says Turkey will not hesitate to protect bordersTurkish warplanes ready to strike terrorist organizations11 PKK terrorists killed in southeast Turkey operationsTurkey: We will not allow a terror corridor in Iraq, Syria
Turkish military instructs FSA to prepare for Idlib security operation
The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF), which is preparing for a security operation in Syria’s Idlib, has instructed the groups linked to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to be prepared.Turkish troops who will ensure security in the region will initially be accompanied by over 5,000 FSA troops. The only pending detail of the operation is the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) opposition group.The Syrian side of the Hatay-Idlib borderline, where Turkish forces continue to deploy military reinforcements, has lately seen a great increase in activity.The FSA and TAF conducted the Operation Euphrates Shield to improve security, support coalition forces and eliminate the terror threat along the Turkish border.The Idlib security operation will take place in the Euphrates Shield region and at the Idlib-Lattakia-Hama line.Turkey amasses tanks along Syria borderFSA RESTRUCTURINGThe FSA forces have undergone a restructuring. Brigades, battalions and divisions are now united under a "mass" roof. In the Euphrates Shield region, the Feylak al-Sham and Sultan Murat Masses joined to form an army and work with the FSA and TAF.Approximately 8,000 FSA members were trained according to military standards. FSA troops have completed the majority of their vehicle, weapons and equipment preparations in accordance with the instruction regarding the Idlib operation given by the TAF three days ago.GROUPS, KEY FIGURES ABANDONING HTSHTS, which is formed of six large and 14 smaller opposition groups, controls many points across Idlib. HTS, which has approximately 15,000 troops, was formed from the al-Nusra Front.Turkey: We will not allow a terror corridor in Iraq, SyriaThe group has announced that it would not recognize the decisions taken at the Astana peace talks in Kazakhstan and that it would initiate armed resistance in case of an intervention in Idlib.Abdullah Muhaysini and Muslih al-Aliyani, two of the most important names of the HTS, declared that they left the group.Constituent groups Nureddin Zengi and Gogel Kefranbul, which have approximately 6,000 fighters, also abandoned HTS.Blasts kill 6 in Syria’s IdlibNUSRA FRONT TO BE ISOLATEDSources on the field claim that when the Idlib operation is launched, many more groups and figures will withdraw from the HTS.Thousands of fighters on the Idlib-Hama-Lattakia front and Aleppo countryside have refused to fight against the TAF, and have said that they will join the TAF forces once the operation is initiated.It is believed that the probable HTS resistance against the operation will only last a few days, and that at the end of a week, the TAF will be positioned at the targeted regions. East Turkestan fighters who play a critical role in the Idlib equation have withdrawn from the Hama-Sahil al-Gab region.Control forces to be deployed in Idlib’s de-escalation zone: foreign ministryTurkey, Russia, Iran agree on Idlib de-escalation zone at Astana summitIdlib to be protected by 25,000 Turkish, FSA troops
Turkey: We will not allow a terror corridor in Iraq, Syria
Turkish Armed Forces’ Chief of the General Staff Hulusi Akar on Sept. 16 attended the NATO Military Committee Chiefs of Defense Meeting held in Tirana, Albania. Akar, meeting with his U.S. counterpart Joseph Dunford, stated that Turkey will not allow a terror corridor covering the northern regions of Syria and Iraq.Expressing Turkey’s discomfort of the United States’ support to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization, Akar reminded his counterpart that Turkish troops will provide security in the Syria’s Idlib. He also met with the Italian, British and Romanian chiefs of staff at the NATO meeting.At least 2 PKK terrorists killed in southeast TurkeyUS sends arms worth $2.2 bln to terrorist organizations in Syria