How does the Idlib crisis stand hours ahead of Putin-Erdogan meeting in Moscow?

Juma Mohammad

Mikhail Khodarenok is a military commentator for He is a retired colonel. He served as an officer at the main operational directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces This is what the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone looks like right before the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, scheduled for March 5.

There are currently five Turkish battalion task force teams operating in Idlib, consisting of 4,700 troops, 129 artillery guns and mortars, and 15 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs). The Turkish force’s combat capabilities are bolstered by artillery reconnaissance, electronic warfare units, along with multiple reconnaissance and much-feared combat drones.

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