Fresh photos have surfaced showing what appears to be the movement of Turkish military forces toward the border with Kurdish-majority-governed areas in northern Syria, possibly indicating preparations by Ankara to start a military operation against opposition forces.
Suriye sınırındaki birliklere takviye amacıyla bir süre önce Hatay'a getirilen obüs ve askeri araçlardan oluşan konvoy, Gaziantep güzergahına hareket etti. #AA #Syria #Manbij pic.twitter.com/WB2Q8zXnz9— Yaser Emre (@yasiremres) 2 января 2019 г.
"A convoy of military vehicles and howitzers recently brought to Hatay has been moved to Gaziantep."
"The delivery of military equipment to the Syrian border continue nonstop."
On Monday, a Sputnik correspondent reported on the deployment of Syrian Army forces along the western border of the region of Manbij in Aleppo province. According to a source on the ground, the troops were deployed to prevent the advance of Turkish-aligned Euphrates Shield forces on the city of Manbij.
The Kurds, who had been governing large swathes of northern and eastern Syria over the course of the conflict, reportedly invited the Syrian Army into Manbij amid reports of an imminent Turkish offensive in the area.
Last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara was ready to start a new offensive against the Kurdish forces in northern Syria. However, he later said the operation had been postponed after a telephone conversation with President Trump.
On Saturday, Turkish media reported the continuing concentration of tanks and artillery near the Syrian border in possible preparations for an assault into the Arab Republic's territory. A day later, Russian media released footage of a Turkish military convoy reportedly moving through the southern province of Urfa toward the nearby border with Syria.
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