Syrian Sources: Turkey Asks Damascus for More Delay in Idlib Operations
The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted informed Syrian sources as saying on Wednesday that Ankara has asked the Syrian army’s command center, with Moscow’s mediation, to provide the country with more time to separate those who it calls as “moderate dissidents” from Tahrir al-Sham (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and the ISIL terrorists.
Based on the report, the Turkish side has admitted dispatch of military equipment to several regions of Idlib province in the past few days, saying that if Tahrir al-Sham rejects leaving the regions occupied by the “moderate dissidents”, it will use military power against them. Turkey has not mentioned where the terrorists could retreat to after leaving Idlib.
The sources said that if Syria and Russia agree with Turkey’s demand, it will be the last deadline given to Ankara to act upon its undertakings based on the Astana conference.
Earlier reports said that Damascus has extended its deadline for two days upon Turkey’s demand to delay military operations in Idlib province.
An Arab media outlet reported on Monday that the Turkish Army had dispatched more military equipment to Hama and Idlib provinces amid the Syrian Army’s preparation for its major anti-terrorism operation in Northwestern Syria.
The Arabic-language al-Manar TV reported that the Turkish army forwarded a military convoy, comprising of several tanks and missile launch-pads to its truce-monitoring posts in Northern Syria via Kafr Losin crossing at Turkey-Syria border.
In the meantime, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a military convoy, consisting of tens of vehicles, military hardware, ammunition and Turkish soldiers, arrived in Northern Syria via Bab al-Hawa crossing at Turkey-Syria border in a move to reinvigorate the Ankara army’s military capabilities.
Also, field sources reported that the Turkish army has dispatched a large volume of military equipment to its border with Northern Syria.
Field sources reported that the Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units and aircraft have been pounding terrorists’ positions in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib to pave the way for an imminent large-scale operation in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.