Turkey must take 'own measures' in Idlib: Erdogan

Elias Hubbard
October 13, 2017

The Turkish military said on Monday it had launched a reconnaissance mission into the area at the weekend "to establish surveillance posts as part of the operation to be carried out in Idlib province".

Last week Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced new operation in Syria.

Turkey's Armed Forces that have earlier entered Syria's Idlib are establishing control in the city, Turkish General Staff said in a message October 13. Turkey sent a convoy of about 30 military vehicles into rebel-held northwest Syria through the Bab al-Hawa crossing in Idlib, according to sources.

The move comes after the Turkish army launched a reconnaissance mission on Sunday as part of efforts by Turkey, along with Russian Federation and Iran, to set up the zone in line with accords in Astana peace talks aimed at ending the Syrian civil war.

Turkey said on Saturday it was carrying out a military operation in Idlib and surrounding areas as part of a deal it reached with Russian Federation and Iran last month to enforce a "de-escalation" zone in northwest Syria.

They agreed on four such ceasefire zones in Syria as a prelude to negotiations.

The convoy was escorted by fighters from Tahrir al-Sham, an alliance of jihadist groups including the former al Qaeda affiliate previously known as the Nusra Front, Abu Khairo said. Three other de-escalation zones are now operating in south-western Syria, eastern Ghouta (suburbs of Damascus) and northern Homs province.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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