40 Turkish officers entered Syria escorted by Hayyet Tahrir al-Sham commanders to take strategic points

Turkish vehicles carrying Turkish officers in Fedra village in Aleppo western countryside on frontlines between YPG and armed opposition

NSO reporter in Idlib said 18 pick-up trucks and SUVs carrying 40 officer and engineers crossed on Sunday morning the borders with Syria from unofficial Atme border crossing escorted by Hayyet Tahrir al-Sham commanders.

Our reporter said 10 engineering officers, 13 infantry officers, 6 reconnaissance officers, 5 operation officers and 6 officers responsible for coordination in Syria entered Syrian territory accompanied by Hayyet Tahrir al-Sham heading to areas in Aleppo western countryside to reconnaissance the field situation mostly Shiekh Barakat mountain.

Special source accompanied Turkish forces told NSO the aim of this visit is to preface to take positions in Sheikh Barakat mountain which is considered the highest point in the area and look over around 25km mostly areas under “People’s Protection Units YPG” which is Turky’s first enemy in Syria, the visit also included all frontline between opposition forces and YPG from Atme camp in west Idlib to Basoufan in the east.

Since 2 days ago around 800 FSA fighters who participated in Euphrates Shield operation and 5000 Turkish soldiers on the Turkish side of the borders with Syria waiting for orders to move into Idlib countryside while Hayyet Tahrir al-Sham massed hundreds of fighters in areas on borders with Turkey.

A mortar shell fell near Kafrlousin camp near borders with Turkey while heavy machine guns shooting and it forced around 2000 civilians who were living in the camp to flee to nearby villages without injuries reported while the source of the mortar shell still unknown yet but the side where the buildings were hit point it was launched from Syria.

Several armed opposition groups participating in the expected operation such as: al-Hamza division, Suqor al-Shamal, Sulieman Shah, 9th division, Sultan Murad body each with 75 fighters in addition to 50 fighters from Division 23, Moutasem Brigade, Jaysh al-Islam, al-Maghwaier Brigade, al-Nukhba army, Ahrar al-Sham and Soqur al-Sham while Sultan Othman, Jaysh al-Ahfad and Thwar al-Jazire each participating with 25 fighters.

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Joud Alshmale

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