Turkish observation post surrounded in Syria

02 January 2020

One of the observation posts that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) has established in northwest Syria appears to have been surrounded by the Syrian military.

The state-controlled Syria Arab News Agency (SANA) released photographs and video footage on 26 December that it said were taken in the village of Al-Surman in Idlib province after it was captured by the Syrian military. That would mean the Turkish observation post to the southeast of the town has been cut off from rebel-controlled territory to the north.

The TAF established a series of observation posts on the edge of rebel-held territory in northwest Syria after Ankara and Moscow agreed to establish a 'de-escalation zone' in 2018.

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