By South Front
February 20, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" -
Turkey will take the Idlib
matter into its own hands and the military operation
in northwestern Syria is simply a “matter of time”,
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on February
19. Erdogan said that Turkey is not satisfied with
talks on the matter with Russia, and it will not
leave the region to “the Assad regime and its
backers.” He recalled that only a few days left
until the end of February, the deadline given by
Ankara to Syrian forces to stop operations against
Idlib armed groups. If the Syrians do not withdraw,
Turkey promised to attack and push the Syrian Army
back from the areas cleared from militants.
Erdogan’s “last warning” came as Turkish media
outlets were broadcasting news showing how columns
of Turkish troops and vehicle were moving towards
the border with Syria. However, did Turkey really
deployed enough forces to deliver a devastating blow
to the Syrian military and do not pay a heavy price?
In the framework of the Astana agreements, Turkey
established 12 observation posts. As the Syrian Army
was advancing into Idlib, Ankara created a plethora
of additional military positions in a failed attempt
to stop the collapse of militants’ defense. These
efforts binged the total number of Turkish military
installations in the region up to 27.
Judging from various footage, there are between
one dozen and two dozen soldiers, as well as 4-6
military vehicles at every post located within the
areas currently controlled by the Syrian government.
The recently created posts are much stronger and can
be described as real military positions with battle
tanks, howitzers, mortars and fortified structures.
The estimated total number of military equipment
deployed by the Turkish Armed Forces in Idlib stands
at 3,000. Since February 2nd, Turkey deployed 2,315
trucks and military vehicles, as well as 7,000
soldiers. Meanwhile, Turkey has positioned
approximately 30,000 troops along the Syrian border
in case of an escalation.