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Turkish Forces To Patrol Demilitarized Zone Around Syria’s Idlib Soon – Report

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Turkish Forces To Patrol Demilitarized Zone Around Syria’s Idlib Soon – Report

Turkish forces are seen near Mount Barsaya, northeast of Afrin, Syria January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Turkish forces will begin conducting patrols in the demilitarized zone around the northern Syrian governorate of Idlib in the upcoming two days, the Enab Baladi news outlet reported on February 22, citing local sources.

“The Turkish observation posts in northern Syria informed the civilians in Idlib that Turkish patrols will move in the [demilitarized] zone,” the source told the pro-opposition outlet.

Russia and Turkey agreed to establish the demilitarized zone last year. The zone, that’s located within the opposition-held areas, has a reduce of 15-20km around Idlib. Under the Russian-Turkish agreement, radical militants and heavy weapons are not allowed within the zone.

Enab Baladi claimed that Turkish forces will patrol the demilitarized zone to stop alleged violations by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). In contrast to these claims, militants are the side violating the Russian-Turkish agreement on a daily basis. Some radical groups even publicly call to sabotage it and release photos and videos showing how its fighters violate the agreement.

Last week, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed that Russia and Turkey had reached a new agreement, which will allow Russian and Turkish forces to conduct joint patrols within the demilitarized zone around Idlib.

“the military of Russian and Turkey, with the consent of the Syrian government, would try to establish a step-by-step approach, making several areas of joint patrol inside the [Idlib] zone of de-escalation,” Lavrov said.

The situation with the participation of Russian forces in this Turkish effort remains unclear. Local observers believe that radical militants will not allow this to happen.

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  • potcracker777

    russia and Turkey reached a new Agreement lololllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
    i´m cracking up hahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahah

    because the SAA is breaching the demilitarized Zone lolololllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

  • potcracker777

    breaking News

    us troopswill stay in al-tanf with 200 men
    another 200 us troops will stay in North east syria TOGETHER with 1500 troops of French and british!!!!!

    • Jacob Wohl

      USA will remain in Syria to protect Israel and the Kurds :)

  • Johan

    Intill now they did wet their pants in the idea to patrol allong that border, left other terrorists do itt ore did not do it along.

  • Jacob Wohl

    Turkey should do what’s right and protect the Idlib civilians from the brutal Assad Regime. Even better, Turkey should launch a large scale offensive against Assad instead of the Kurds.

    • Marko

      ” Turkey should do what’s right and protect the Idlib civilians from the brutal Assad Regime. ”

      You should do what’s right and drink a novichok smoothie.

      • Jacob Wohl’s Nose

        1 novichok smoothie fr hm
        and 1 novichok smoothie for his nose
        *don’t forget, his nose is so big it can pass as an actual person*

    • Jacob Wohl’s Nose

      *SNIFF SNIFF* *honk* *SNIFF*
      honestly, not to be mean, all I see in ur profile picture is a giant nose with eyes and hair attached to it.

    • Allan Greedspoon

      How is the weather in Haifa Shlomo?

  • Xoli Xoli

    Time for real coup in USA and Turkey. Because their dont have troops in their countries.

  • Davki

    Let’s not call it “demilitarized zone” anymore, let’s call it Turkish protectorate to comply with reality.

  • xTheWarrior22

    Haha, Turkey which is preventing civilians from escaping the Idlib zoo, publicly supporting these Jihadis and trying to save its dogs wanna patrol inside this area? Good joke

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    Joint patrols? that means the Turks could be accidently killed alongside the Russians when the rebels attacked the Russians, yeah, that’s going to work out well.
    Certain areas means highly vetted by Erdogan to ensure the rebels behave themselves when the Russians are present.
    But I’ll believe it when I see it, this is about the last thing I can imagine working out well for anyone, but I’ll wait and see if it does happen at all, and if it does, see how it really works out, in a SAA invasion hopefully.