Erdogan Launches Idlib Offensive, Rebel Factions Prepare to Fight Nusra Front

Posted October 09, 2017

"They are waiting to enter", said the commander, who did not want to be named for security reasons.

The military operations are expected to be held jointly with troops of the Free Syrian Army. At the same time, the Turkish military could launch an operation within Idlib. But the FSA has increasingly lost territory to extremist Islamist groups there. He also said that Russian and Iranian observers would also be deployed in some areas, without providing further details.

Turkey has sent military reinforcements to its southern border with Syria to commence what it called a "a serious operation" in Idlib.

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Sejari said the operation aims to deploy Turkish-backed opposition fighters in the province now dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants. "The news is what you see, not what you hear", said an HTS statement published on the group's Telegram channel.

Ibrahim Idlilbi, the media advisor of the FSA, said it will enter Idlib in the next few hours, adding that the Turkish forces will be in the second line to enter Idlib.

The action in Idlib comes after guarantor countries - Russia, Turkey, and Iran - agreed to establish de-escalation zones in Syria during a meeting in Kazakh capital Astana on May 4.

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"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".

Turkey has been one of the biggest supporters of rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during the six-and-a-half-year war, but its focus has moved from ousting him to securing its own border.

Entering Idlib by the Turkish-backed rebels and possibly Turkish forces comes in the context of the de-escalation zone deal, which was concluded between Russian Federation and Turkey in the recent sixth round of Astana talks on Syria. Solid steps will be taken in the coming days following discussions between the parties this week, Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told state-run TRT television on Thursday.

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It has been a formidable military force since early in the conflict, often fighting alongside other rebel groups, but since early this year it has battled them as it tried to gain control over areas including Idlib. The official Turkish news agency Anadolu said Saturday the new deployment would serve as a "wall" between Kurdish-controlled Afrin in northwestern Aleppo and Idlib province.