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Turkish Army soldiers prepare their tanks and armoured personnel carriers at a staging area in the outskirts of the village of Sugedigi, Turkey, on the border with Syria, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. The Turkish offensive on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria, codenamed Operation Olive Branch, started on Saturday, heightening tensions in the already complicated Syrian conflict and threatening to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The Turkish military launched an attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Friday.

According to reports, the Turkish military fired several artillery shells towards the Syrian Army’s positions in the Saraqib countryside.

The Syrian Arab Army did not directly respond to the Turkish military’s attack; however, they did target the Ankara-backed militants in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

It is not clear why the Turkish military targeted the Syrian Army’s positions, but they have sporadically attacked throughout the year.

The Turkish military continues to deploy a large number of soldiers and armored vehicles to the Idlib Governorate, as they setup new observation posts in areas like Jabal Al-Zawiya.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army has also amassed a large number of soldiers to the Idlib Governorate, amid new reports of an upcoming offensive in Jabal Al-Zawiya and its surroundings.

Over the past two weeks, the Syrian Army’s 25th Special Mission Forces Division has fully deployed to southern Idlib and begun embedding themselves along the front-lines near the town of Kafr Nabl.

Source: Almasdarnews, August 7th, 2020