Turkish military sends large convoy to Idlib after rebels surrender much of province

Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration.
Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for ‘New Year’, is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

BERIUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Army sent a large convoy of vehicles and military personnel to the western countryside of the Idlib province on Saturday.

According to local reports, the Turkish military sent their convoy to the Ishtabraq Mountain, which is located just south of Jisr Al-Shughour.

The Turkish military currently has an observation post in the Ishtabraq Mountain, despite the large presence of jihadist rebels in the Al-Ghaab Plain and Jisr Al-Shughour District.

Earlier this week, the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front surrendered their last remaining positions in the Jabal Shashabo and Al-Ghaab Plain to their former allies from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.

As a result of this surrender by the Turkish-backed rebels, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies now control all of western Idlib and northwestern Hama.

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