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Turkish elite units dispatched to Idlib

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Turkish command has dispatched elite units to the Syrian province of Idlib and deployed rocket launchers to the border between the two countries, reports Anadolu, who quotes military sources.

Against the backdrop of escalating tensions in the Idlib area, Turkey has sent elite units to its observation posts in the region, Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday.

According to military sources quoted by the agency, armored vehicles carrying members of elite units were dispatched from Turkey to Syria via the Reyhanli district of Hatay province.

The Turkish army command has also deployed rocket launchers on the Syrian border, says Anadolu.

Earlier, the President of Turkey had promised to deploy a Hisar-A missile system on the border with Syria.

Spiral of violence

Monday, February 10, the Turkish Ministry of Defense noted the death of five of its soldiers in the shelling by the Syrian army of one of their observation posts in Idlib. In response, Turkish forces attacked 115 Syrian military targets, killing around 100 enemy soldiers, according to Ankara.

Earlier in February, eight Turkish soldiers and civilians were killed in Syrian bombing in Idlib. Turkey then retaliated, “neutralizing” 76 Syrian soldiers, according to Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish leader said he is determined to push Syrian forces beyond Turkish observation posts in Idlib by the end of February and threatens to “pay a high price” in Damascus in the event of new attacks on his soldiers.

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