Turkish army moves to southeastern Idlib to set sixth observation point
A Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) convoy has moved to establish a new cease-fire observation point in the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria, on Feb. 9, state-run Anadolu Agency reported, citing its correspondent on the ground.
Bashar al-Assad regime’s army elements and Iran-backed groups are around six kilometers (3.7 miles) away from the deployment point, the agency reported.
The new observation point is located 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the Turkish-Syrian border.
The aim of the deployment, which is done in accordance with the Astana agreement, is to establish a sixth cease-fire observation point, according to military sources.
Russian forces in the de-escalation zone are now expected to position themselves outside of the Idlib de-escalation zone, on the frontline separating the regime and opposition forces.
Under the Astana agreement, Turkey is set to gradually establish 12 observation points, from Idlib's north to south.
Since March 2015, Idlib is no longer under the control of the Assad regime and has been overrun by military opposition groups and anti-regime armed organizations.