More Than 100 Turkish Soldiers, 30 Armored Vehicles Cross Into Syria

By Tyler Durden

A large Turkish army convoy consisting of more than 100 Turkish soldiers, including special forces and commandos, along with at least 30 armored trucks entered Syria’s Idlib region around 22:15 local time, for a joint mission with Russia and Iran to monitor a local de-escalation zone and “pacify al-Qaeda linked militants” there, Hurriyet newspaper reports. While their destination was not clear, local sources told Al Jazeera the troops were headed towards the western part of Aleppo province.

The de-escalation zone forms part of an agreement reached between Turkey, which backs forces battling the government of President Bashar al-Assad, and Iran and Russia, which support his government.

This move by the Turkish Army comes just days after Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that the Ankara-backed Euphrates Shield Forces were preparing an operation to expel the Al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham terror group from the Idlib Governorate.

Al Jazeera, reporting from Antakya, along Turkey’s border with Syria, said:

“This is what we know so far: dozens of military vehicles have crossed into Syria. “It remains to be seen what happens to the fighters who control Idlib province. Civilians there have been living in fear of potential clashes between Turkish-backed opposition Free …read more

Source:: ZeroHedge