Turkey Deploys More Troops on Syrian Border

100 Mehmetcik enters Idlib

100 Mehmetcik enters Idlib

On Wednesday, armored personnel carriers and other military vehicles were transferred to border units to increase preparedness, while additional reconnaissance teams entered Syria.

The development came after Turkey said it was sending in troops to enforce a de-escalation zone in Idlib.

Turkey said on Saturday it was carrying out a military operation in Idlib and surrounding areas as part of a deal it reached with Russian Federation and Iran last month to enforce a "de-escalation" zone in northwest Syria.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says his country is ready for a military operation in Syria, and is looking to help the Free Syrian Army.

Turkey, Russia, and Iran signed a deal to establish so-called de-escalation zones in Syria previously, one of which would include the city of Idlib.

Idlib is mainly controlled by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), which rejects the Astana process.

Turkey's decision to launch the Euphrates Shield campaign a year ago was aimed partly at pushing Islamic State from its border, but also at stopping the Kurdish YPG from gaining more sway. Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that it is fighting at home, and by gaining a presence in Sheikh Barakat, its forces would surround Afrin on three sides.

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