Syrian troops surround Turkish post in country's northwest

Syrian troops surround Turkish post in country's northwest
A Syrian soldier stands on a tank waving a national flag in the northwestern town of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. The town was captured by Syrian troops this week after a monthslong offensive. (AP Photo/Albert Aji)

MOREK, Syria (AP) — A heavily fortified Turkish observation post in the northwestern village of Morek was surrounded on all sides by Syrian troops who had captured wide swathes of land from insurgents over the past three weeks.

Syrian authorities took a group of journalists Saturday to tour several newly captured villages as well as the town of Khan Sheikhoun that was a major rebel stronghold until it was taken by government forces earlier this week.

A Syrian officer in Morek told The Associated Press that Turkish troops as well as some opposition fighters and their families are inside the sprawling post that is surrounded by blast walls.

The journalists were kept about 2 kilometers (1.2 mile) away from the Turkish post.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had denied any Turkish troops were besieged in Syria.