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Why is Khan Sheikhoun important for Syrian regime?

Syrian regime forces took full control over Khan Sheikhoun and besieged some opposition-held areas from which a large number of fighters withdrew.
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Aleppo, Syria — Syrian regime forces, backed by Russian airstrikes, succeeded in besieging the opposition-held areas in the northern Hama countryside on Aug. 21. This came after taking control over the towns of Taltarei, its hills and Khan Sheikhoun toward which they advanced from the eastern axis, namely from Sukayk town. The regime forces managed to impose a lockdown near Khan Sheikhoun, thus leaving the opposition in Hama countryside with no outlet toward the northern Idlib countryside. The Turkish army’s observation post in Murak town, in the northern Hama countryside, was also besieged.

Turkey has not withdrawn from the observation post despite the regime’s siege on the northern Hama countryside. Spokesman for the Turkish presidency Ibrahim Kalin said in a statement Aug. 21 that “Turkey will neither shut down nor relocate its ninth observation post in Idlib,” in reference to the post in Murak town. He added that all Turkish observation posts will carry on with their missions wherever they are located in Idlib. 

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