Turkish Army Established its 12th Observation Post in İdlib
The Astana process, started by the guarantors of Russia, Turkey and Iran, aims at decreasing the clashes in the Syrian conflict and thus starting the process of political transition in the conflict. As part of the Astana process, the sides have agreed upon establishing de-escalation zones of which Idlib is the most important one.
As part of this process, the TAF has established the last observation post in Idlib. The new observation post is in the village of Ishtabrak, which lies to the southwest of Jisr al Shughour. The established observation posts by the TAF are: three in Daret Izze, Anadan, Al Eis, Tel Tukan, Surman, Zeytunah, Morek, Rashidin, Zawiyah and in Ishtabrak. The TAF has thus finished the construction of 12 observation posts in the de-escalation zone of Idlib.
The chronology of the construction of the 12 observation posts is as follows:
1- Salva village near Dana on 13 October 2017 – Observation Post No. 1
2- Samaan village (Takle) near Darat Izze on 23 October 2017 – Observation Post No. 2
3- Aqil Mountain near Darat Izze on 19 November 2017 – Observation Post No. 3
4- Al Eis near Al Hader on 5 February 2018 – Observation Post No. 6
5- Tal Tukan village near Saraqib on 9 February 2018 – Observation Post No. 7
6- Surman Village near Maarat al Numan 15 February 2018 – Observation Post No. 8
7- Anadan (Tal Tamurah) in West Aleppo on 17 March 2018 – Observation Post No. 4
8- Zeytunah in southwestern Idlib on 3 April 2018 – Observation Post No. 12
9- Morek (Tal as Sawwan) in rural Hama on 7 April 2018 – Observation Post No. 9
10- Rashidin in Western Aleppo on 9 May 2018 – Observation Post No. 5
11- Zawiyah in rural southern Idlib on 14 May 2018 – Observation Post No. 10
12- Ishtabrak in southwestern rural Idlib on 16 May 2018 – Observation Post No. 11