Turkish Army Sets Up US Air Missile System in Idlib

Army also sets up observation post along vital M4 highway

While the situation in Syria’s Idlib province has been relatively calm since Russia and Turkey brokered a ceasefire, the Turkish Army is making moves that suggest they are expecting another new round of fighting against the Syrian government.

Turkey has reportedly deployed US-made MIM-23 HAWK missiles into Idlib. Turkey had been seeking US anti-aircraft missiles like these to protect themselves from any airstrikes that came amid fighting.

On top of that, Turkey is also said to have set up another observation post for the army in al-Kfayr, along the M4 highway that is so vital, and whose control had been the subject of previous fighting. Such observation posts often host Turkish and rebel forces, and spark fighting with the Syrian military.

The M4 highway connects Damascus and Aleppo, and the Syrian military recently claimed it from the al-Qaeda forces. Turkey tried to take it back, and the ceasefire left the highway open, with joint Russia-Turkey patrols. The ceasefire is near ideal for Syria, but Turkey seems to be expecting its collapse.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.