Turkey to Set Up Eight Military Bases in Syria’s Idlib

Turkey plans to establish eight military bases throughout Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, Turkish media reports said.

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Tasnim, Turkey: The Turkish military, which has surrounded the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK)-occupied Afrin in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, will establish eight bases in Idlib, the Yeni Safak daily reported on Saturday.

An operation has been launched by the Turkish military to “protect Syrian civilians”, the report said, adding that Turkish troops, who have entered Idlib in line with the Astana agreement between Tehran, Moscow, and Ankara, will form 14 observation points in the Arab country.

According to the daily, the locations of four of the bases are almost decided.

The Taftanaz Air Base and the Abu al-Duhur military Airbase are also two separate points that the Turkish military uses.

Apart from these, the Syrian army’s largest garrison in the vicinity of the Deif region is now controlled by Turkish troops, it added.

The Turkish General Staff announced that the first observation post had been established on Oct. 13.

The operation launched by Turkey reportedly aims to protect the de-escalation zone and ceasefire in Idlib to ensure the safety and security of Syrians, and prevent a further wave of migration.

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Ian Greenhalgh

Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

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    • He needs to do that in case “The Powers That Be” decide to create (annex) a new Kurdish state in Northern Syria. In that case he might even be of help to Assad. I know his PR is not very good. But there are others with much better PR, who are in reality much worse . . . And so we’ll just have to wait and see