Syria crisis : Turkey deploys military equipment in Idlib

Where's Idlib? What area is it

Speaking Sunday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the de-escalation zones would be applied in Idlib with "Russia outside, Turkey inside" with Syrian opposition fighters it backs. At the same time, the Turkish military could launch an operation within Idlib.

Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey would not allow a "terror corridor" by the Kurdish militia aiming to link its territories from eastern Syria to the Mediterranean.

He also vowed support for "our brothers in Idlib", who left Aleppo for Idlib, apparently referring to militants who left the city freed by the Syrian army in December 2016 as a result of an agreement backed by Russian Federation.

Three of the safe zones have been created to date in Syria's central province of Homs, in the Eastern Ghouta area of the southern Rif Dimashq province, and a southwestern militant-controlled stretch along the border with Jordan.

Sejari said the operation aims to deploy Turkish-backed opposition fighters in the province now dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants.

Syria's former Al Qaeda affiliate was once a key ally for many rebels but they are now abandoning it as the jihadists face a Turkey-backed operation in its stronghold.




Turkey's goal will be to prevent violations of the ceasefire agreement, deliver aid to civilians and pacify groups including the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Kalin said, referring to the al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Russia's defence ministry on Saturday said its forces killed about 120 ISIL (also known as ISIS) fighters and more than 60 foreign mercenaries in a series of air raids in al-Mayadeen and near the border town of Al Bukamal, also in Deir Az Zor.

"Turkey will not hesitate to act for its own security when and where it is deemed necessary", Kalin said, adding that Turkey would continue what it did in the past "because it prioritises its own national interests". "Now this step has been taken, and it is underway".

"As for the Russians, they will not have a role in the areas of our control at all".

"We can not tell our brothers who are there, the ones who fled from Aleppo and took refuge in Idlib, we can not just say live or die".

"Regarding the fate of terrorists after the liberation of Idlib, there could be several scenarios - some groups may integrate into the Syrian military, some other groups may continue minor activities in certain areas or lay down their arms in exchange for some political concessions", Orhan said.

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