The form of deployment is determined by the understandings with Russia and “normalization” with Damascus
A census showed that Turkey has “proven”, as it seems, its military presence in Syria by deploying no less than 10,000 soldiers distributed among dozens of military bases and points.
According to a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Friday, 7 military brigades of the Turkish forces are currently deployed in the de-escalation zones in northern Syria, distributed over 49 main bases: 13 bases in the western countryside of Aleppo, and 30 bases in the Idlib countryside, including 11 in The eastern countryside of Idlib, 13 in the southern countryside of Idlib, 6 points in the western countryside of Idlib, 3 bases in the countryside of Hama, and 3 in the countryside of Latakia.
Dozens of military points are linked to these bases surrounding the main bases, to secure logistical support for the Turkish forces, and each combat brigade consists of 1,500 soldiers, meaning that the full number of Turkish forces in those areas reaches 10,500 soldiers with their full equipment.
The Turkish deployment points were established in the de-escalation zones in northwestern Syria, after a Turkish-Russian agreement in 2017 within the Astana talks.
Changes occurred in the map of the deployment of Turkish forces, in light of the continuous consultations with Russia, and then the start of normalization talks with the Syrian regime mediated by Russia, which began at the level of the intelligence and security services for a long time, before it was escalated to the level of defense ministers: Turkish, Russian and Syrian, in Moscow on the 28th of December.