Moscow, Damascus and Ankara have agreed to conduct a joint military operation in order to take al-Bab city in northern Syria.
Moscow, Damascus and Ankara have agreed to conduct a joint military operation in al-Bab city in northern Syria, which involves usage of the Turkish Air Force, the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Army, activists of social networks reported on Friday, citing Arab journalist Hosein Mortada.
Reportedly, the operation will be aimed against terrorists of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) terrorist group. The decision was made in the frameworks of the peace talks in the Kazakh capital, Astana.
Agreement between Russia and Turkey to halt Turkish incursion into Al Bab, and make it a Syrian army operation. https://t.co/aJkjc1Goal
— Bassem (@BBassem7) January 20, 2017
الإتفاق يشمل عملية جوية مشتركة بين الطيران الروسي و التركي تستهدف “جبهة فتح الشام” في الشمال السوري بعد مؤتمر الأستانة.
— #حسين_مرتضى (@HoseinMortada) January 20, 2017
This decision indicates that Turkey is not able to recapture the city, operating by itself. The last offensives in the region and active involvement of the Russian air power are the main reason for discussing the opportunity of cooperation between the two sides.