“Syrian National Army” third unit training

Training of the third unit of the "Syrian National Army"

Training of the third unit of the "Syrian National Army"

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The Syrian National Army also described as the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA), is a coalition of armed Syrian opposition groups. Though concentrated in Turkish-occupied areas, originally as a part of Operation Euphrates Shield, the SNA also established a presence in the Idlib Governorate during the 2019 northwestern Syria offensive, and consolidated its presence there when the National Front for Liberation joined the SNA on 4 October 2019.

The formation of the SNA was officially announced on 30 December 2017 in Azaz.[6] The official aims of the structure are to assist the Republic of Turkey in creating a “safe zone” in Syria, and to establish a “National Army”. While nominally the SNA has a unitary structure answerable to the Syrian Interim Government, its constituent groups have retained their pre-SNA forms and each answers directly to Turkey. They are described as “mercenaries” by their critics. The SNA is used as a proxy army by Turkey, engaging in conflicts from Libya to the south Caucasus.

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