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

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham is reportedly causing problems in northwestern Syria today as their opposition activists claim the jihadist group is blocking a key highway inside the Idlib Governorate.

According to opposition reports, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham is blocking the Turkish Armed Forces from establishing an observation post along the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (var. M-4 Highway).

The reports say Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham was preventing the Turkish troops from specifically establishing an observation post along the highway between the cities of Jisr Al-Shughour and Idlib.

Turkey wanted to establish this observation post along the Aleppo-Latakia Highway as part of their agreement with the Russian Armed Forces.

More importantly, this highway is an imperative supply route from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, who maintains control over much of the Idlib Governorate, including Idlib city and parts of Jisr Al-Shughour.

The Jisr Al-Shughour area is completely controlled by jihadist groups, including the foreigner-led Turkestan Islamic Party.

Turkey currently possesses twelve observation posts in northwestern Syria; they were established shortly after the September 17, 2018 Sochi Agreement between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

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What a turn around.
HTS previously facilitated Turkey in establishing those 12 observation posts in Idlib but has now has prevented them from establishing another one. Basically the success of the SAA/RuAF in making initial inroads into Idlib have brought out the contradictions between Turkey with their preferred jihadis (FSA/Turkmen, etc) and HTS . Turkey wants to re-establish the Ottoman Empitre starting with parts of Syria while HTS wants to establish a caliphate starting also in Syria. At the same time the Turks wish to rid Syria of the Kurds/YPG. “What a tangled web we weave….”

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Marg bar jomhuri Eslami

Qatar doesn’t agrees 😉