The situation in the city of Idlib and its surroundings is heading for further escalation, according to observers, a clash between Turkey and regime forces and Russia may occur due to Turkey's adherence to the territories it occupied under the name of Observation checkpoints, which are located in the Syrian depth and some up to a depth of 60 km inside Syrian territory.
The fighting in these areas is now approaching Turkish observation points, especially those in Murek.
In October 2017, Turkey began setting up "Observation checkpoints" in Idlib as part of an agreement with Russia and Iran in Astana, Kazakhstan, in September of the same year.
The “Observation checkpoints” in Aleppo, Idlib, Hama and Lattakia are as follows:
The first point: Salwa village in the northern countryside of Idlib, Turkish forces entered it on 12-10-2017.
Second point: Semaan Castle in Aleppo western countryside, Turkish forces entered it on 23-11-2017.
The third point: Sheikh Aqeel in Aleppo western countryside, Turkish forces entered it on 27-11-2017.
Point 4: Al-Eis Hill in the southern countryside of Aleppo, Turkish forces entered it on 5-2-2018.
Point 5: Touqan hill in the eastern countryside of Idlib, Turkish forces entered it on 9-2-2018.
Point 6: Sorman in the southern countryside of Idlib, Turkish forces entered it on 15-2-2018.
Point 7: Mount Andan in Aleppo northern countryside, , Turkish forces entered it on March 17, 2018
Point 8: Zaytuna in the mountain of Turkmen north of Latakia , Turkish forces entered it on 4-4-2018.
Point 9: Morek in southern Idlib, Turkish forces entered it on 7-4-2018.
Point 10: Southern Rashideen in western Aleppo countryside, Turkish forces entered it on May 9, 2018.
Point 11: Shiar Maghar in Hama western countryside, Turkish forces entered it on May 14, 2018.
Point 12: Ashtebreq in Jisr Al-Shughour May 16, 2018.
Turkey does not come out of any area of military intervention, it entered its military to Cyprus in 1974 and still retains about 30 thousand military there and has no intention of getting out there.
Turkey also has bases in Somalia, Qatar and Sudan before the fall of the Omar al-Bashir regime, and has a hidden presence in Libya. It supports the government of National Reconciliation forces, relying on al-Qaeda and mercenary groups.
In Iraq, there are about 20 Turkish military bases, most of which are located 30 km from the border, while the base of Bashiqa of Mosul, 140 km from the Iraqi-Turkish border, Turkey began to form since 1995 and these bases still exist despite the Iraqi opposition and violation of international law before Turkey.
According to a BBC report, Turkey's bases in Syria and Iraq have a specific functional role and are linked only to preventing the Kurdish people from achieving any kind of independence or autonomy.
This is the position of the Turkish state since the birth of the Turkish Republic by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk nearly a century ago, as evidenced during the referendum held in the Kurdistan region of Iraq in 2017, as Ankara was quick to cooperate with Baghdad and imposed a land and air blockade on the region.
The Turkish presence exacerbates the situation in Syria rather than pushing it to a solution.