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Turkey is accelerating its military buildup around Idlib with the deployment of more units and drones to determine surveillance points in the Syrian province, Arab News reported.

Backed by Russian Federation, the Syrian government has pushed back rebels across the Arab country over the past months, shoring up its rule over the main urban centers.

A total of 14 "observation posts" will be set up by the Turkish army, according to local media, while some 500 Turkish soldiers could be deployed to Idlib.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, now controlling parts of it.

Turkey has supported rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad throughout the war.

"Turkish Armed Forces elements that are to serve in the Idlib de-escalation zone have started their activities by establishing observation posts from October 12, 2017, as part of the Astana agreement..."

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"It remains to be seen what happens to the fighters who control Idlib province".

"The Turkish army convoy is entering under the protection of Tahrir al-Sham to take positions on the front line with the YPG", another FSA official in the area said.

The last time Turkish forces were engaged in Syria was in August, when Turkey launched its eight-month long Euphrates Shield operation against extremists and Kurdish militia in northern Syria.

However, the deployment is also meant to rein in the Kurdish YPG militia, which holds the adjacent Afrin region, a senior rebel official involved in the operation said.

Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the PKK, a Kurdish group inside Turkey that has been waging armed insurgency against Ankara for three decades.

"Turkey is not after anything in Idlib but (an) Afrin siege could ignite fire of another war in the region", the YPG said on Twitter.

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