Turkish Army Sends Huge Arms Cargo to Terrorists in Al-Bab
According to Hawar news, sources in al-Shahba region in Northern Aleppo reported that the cargo was sent through al-Ra’i border crossing towards the village of Sousian and then was transferred towards al-Bab region in Northern Aleppo on Wednesday.
The sources added that the cargo was delivered to several militant groups affiliated to Sultan Morad terrorist group.
Turkey sent its military into Syria in August last year to prop up local militias allied with Ankara against ISIL and Kurdish forces. The confrontation with Syrian Kurd militias, which Turkey considers an off-shoot of the Turkish-based militant movement Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), put Ankara at odds with the US.
In relevant remarks in May, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said the country is considering establishing a base near the Syrian city of al-Bab, which was the focus of Turkey’s cross-border operation against the ISIL terrorist group.
Veysi Kaynak said location of the base currently being considered by the Turkish General Staff is Aqil Hill, West of al-Bab.
The Turkish military established a temporary base at the strategic site after capturing it in February and has been considering turning it into something more permanent since.
Speaking after a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kaynak added that Turkish military presence in the area has been reduced from 8,000 at the peak of the Operation Euphrates Shield to 1,500.
He added that Ankara is also selecting a location for an outpost, which would be used to monitor the situation in Idlib province, where a safe zone has been declared by Russia, Turkey and Iran. The move would improve Turkey’s border security, he said.