Small Wars Journal

Turkey's Military Buildup in Syria's Idlib Province

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 5:56pm

Turkey's Military Buildup in  Syria's Idlib Province by Blane Wallace and the ISW Syria Team - Institute for the Study of War

Key Takeaway: The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) deployed roughly a division (over 20,000 soldiers) to Greater Idlib Province between February 1 and March 31, 2020. The deployments include experienced Turkish special forces, armored units, and light infantry (aka "commando") units that participated in prior Turkish operations in Afrin and northeast Syria, including the 5th Commando Brigade, which specializes in paramilitary operations and mountain warfare…

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