Turkey Moves More Tanks, Self-Propelled Artillery To Idlib Border - Reports
Sumaira FH 7 days ago Thu 13th February 2020 | 11:10 PM
ANKARA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 13th February, 2020) The Turkish armed forces are moving another convoy of tanks and Firtina self-propelled artillery units toward the border with the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, Turkish media reported on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to attack Syrian government troops even outside the Idlib de-escalation zone if they conduct offensive operations. This statement was made after the Turkish Defense Ministry reported on Monday that five Turkish troops had been killed and five others injured as a result of shelling at the observation point in Idlib by the Syrian army.
Erdogan said last week that he had asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad into withdrawing troops from the borders of the de-escalation zone and preventing attacks on Turkish forces in the region.
Idlib is one of four de-escalation zones created in Syria by Russia, Iran and Turkey during talks in May 2017. The province is one of the remaining militant strongholds in the country, as pockets of the region are controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, banned in Russia).