turkey has been sending weapons to jihadis in idlib since this thing began 8 years ago

Turkey sends weapons to Syrian rebels facing Russian-backed assault
Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Reuters, May 26 2019

AMMAN – Turkey has equipped an array of mainstream Syrian rebels it backs with fresh supplies of weaponry to help them try to repel a major Russian-backed assault, senior opposition officials and rebel sources said on Saturday. Ankara stepped up supplies in recent days after failing to persuade Russia in recent meetings of a joint working group that it should end its escalation. In doing so Turkey signaled its readiness to preserve its influence in north-western Syria, where it has beefed up its troop presence in a dozen military bases that were set up under a de-escalation deal with Russia (breached by Jihadis under Turkish control – RB). Overnight, a Turkish military convoy arrived at a base in northern Hama near rebel-held Jabal al Zawiya. The delivery of dozens of armored vehicles, Grad rocket launchers, anti-tank guided missiles and TOW missiles helped roll back some Syrian army gains and retake the strategically located town of Kfar Nabouda. The TOW missile had been the most potent weapon in the arsenal of rebel groups battling Assad during the conflict. It was extended by Western and Arab foes of Assad until a CIA-led program of military support to help moderate rebels was suspended in 2017. A Western intelligence source said Faschingstein had given a “green light” for the Turkey-backed mainstream rebels to use the TOW missiles, which had been in storage in the latest campaign. A spokesman for the Turkey-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) said rebels had long had a big arsenal of weapons from anti-tank to armored vehicles “alongside material and logistical support by our Turkish brothers.” In the last 24 hours, the Syrian army has been sending large troop reinforcements, a source told Reuters. The Syrian army said on Saturday it continued to intensify its attacks on terrorist hideouts in the northwest.

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