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Al-Nusra Utilizing Turkish Military Vehicles in Battle against Syrian Army in Idlib

13 January 2018 16:23

 

A field commander reported on Saturday that the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) has been utilizing Turkish military equipment and vehicles in the recent attacks on the Syrian Army troops in Southeastern Idlib.

The military commander said that the Syrian army men seized a number of Turkish military vehicles after repelling heavy offensives of the Al-Nusra and the Islamic al-Turkistani Party in Atsahn and al-Khowein in Southeastern Idlib.

He went on to say that the al-Turkistani terrorists, backed up by the Turkish government, dispatched most of its fighters, including senior commanders, from Northern Lattakia and Jisr al-Shughour region to Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib in the form of long convoy of Turkish military and armored vehicles and tanks under Ankara’s direct order.

The sources further said that over 70 terrorists, including notorious field commander Ibrahim Kahloul Alyan, were killed in the field attacks on the army positions, adding that a number of militants were captured by the army too.

A Kurdish media outlet reported last month that the Turkish Army was supplying the Islamic al-Turkistani Party affiliated to the Al-Nusra Front with a large volume of arms and ammunition in Idlib province.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted well-informed sources as saying that a military convoy of the Islamic al-Turkistani Party operating in different regions in Idlib province, including in Ein al-Baydha and Khirbet al-Jowz regions were dispatched to Hama province to join the fight against the Syrian Army troops.

The Hawar news further said that the Turkish Army was delivering a large volume of arms and ammunition to the al-Turkistani party via a secret border-crossing in Ein al-Baydha region in Idlib.

It added that the dispatched weapons and munitions were distributed among terrorists of al-Turkistani, Ahrar al-Sham and Al-Nusra.

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