Turkey to Scrap Idlib Observation Post

Officials say site has no military value anymore

The Turkish military has begun withdrawing from the Morek observation post in Idlib, Syria. They set up the post in 2018 and have reinforced it, ruling out ever abandoning it. Officials now say it has no military value and that they are dismantling the base.

This was one of 12 posts which were meant to support Syrian rebels in Idlib. Though Turkey isn’t saying so, this may reflect the rebel weakness in the area, and al-Qaeda’s dominance in Idlib.

Some Turkish officials are reporting that four observation posts and two military sites in Idlib will be going. The sites are said to be inconvenient to defend, and of little use to the rebels.

The Turkish military has denied the withdrawal from the positions, but other officials are confirming it. Some are blaming Russia, saying they are making it harder to get reinforcements to the posts, which after rebel losses are deep in government territory.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.