The Turkish military announced on Oct. 13 that its elements began forming monitoring spots in Syria’s Idlib province as part of efforts to create a “de-escalation zone” to end the Syrian war.
In a statement issued on Oct. 13, the Turkish Armed Forces stated that the formation of monitoring spots began as of Oct. 12 in coordination with surveillance activities launched on Oct. 8.
The military also reminded that the Turkish mission was conducting its duties in the region “within the rules of engagement.”
Separately, the first convoy of Turkish forces crossed into Syria’s Idlib province late on Oct. 12 as part of efforts to create a “de-escalation zone” to end the Syrian war.
The military convoy included some 30 armored vehicles and over 100 soldiers, mostly special and commando forces.
According to experts, the Turkish deployment in Idlib will continue in the coming days.
Meanwhile, some 15 tanks were also dispatched to the area between the Oğulpınar post and a wall being built near the border.
The Turkish military had announced on Oct. 9 that it had launched a reconnaissance mission into the area over the weekend “to establish surveillance posts as part of the operation to be carried out in Idlib province.”