Syrian rebels to cooperate with Turkey in Idlib, wary of Russian Federation

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2018

Also, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) has expelled nearly 200 family members of Eastern Ghouta terrorists from a region in Afrin and moved them towards Idlib to pave the ground for sheltering the FSA members in Afrin.

An alliance of Turkey-allied rebel groups, the National Front for Liberation, has declared its "complete cooperation" with the Turkish effort, but has also ruled out disarming or yielding territory.

"We will not abandon our weapons, our land or our revolution" against Syrian government forces, the group said.

Terrorists of the National Liberation Front on Sunday opposed an agreement endorsed by Russian Federation and Turkey over the Northwestern province of Idlib following a similar opposition by Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and several other terrorist groups yesterday.

The agreement involved the withdrawal of "radically-minded" militants, including the al-Nusra Front, from the region, he added.

The group is made up mostly of al-Qaida fighters that broke away from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Arabic for Levant Liberation Committee, the largest militant group in Idlib province.

On Friday, Turkey's Defense Ministry said that the borders of the demilitarized zone were determined with their Russian counterparts.

According to the MoU, opposition groups in Idlib will remain in areas in which they are already present, while Russian Federation and Turkey will conduct joint patrols in the area with a view to preventing renewed fighting.

Idlib hosts several foreign-sponsored militant groups and separating what Turkey describes as moderates from extremists is nearly impossible.

The terror outfit also advised its members "in this decisive and unsafe phase".

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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