Turkish-Russian Deconfliction Agreement On Idlib Faces Difficulties With Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Local Administration

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Turkish-Russian Deconfliction Agreement On Idlib Faces Difficulties With Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Local Administration

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The Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement on the northern Syrian governorate of Idlib is facing difficulties with the withdrawal of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) militants from the demilitarized zone and the local administration in the governorate, a source familiar with the situation told the Syrian news outlet Enab Baladi on October 13.

According to the source, HTS may withdraw its militants from the demilitarized zone around Idlib, if Turkey agrees to keep the zone under the control of the “Salvation Government.” Last year, the radical group formed the so called “government” to use it as a proxy for its authorities in northwestern Syria.

Enab Baladi said that in the upcoming days Turkey will hold a meeting with all opposition groups and Russia will hold a meeting with the Damascus government in order to reach a roadmap for Idlib. The roadmap will likely determine the shape of the local administration in the governorate.

Despite the disagreement on the local administration in Idlib, the withdrawal of radical militants from the demilitarized zone before October 20 remains the priority of Russia and Turkey. A day earlier, local sources confirmed that the militants have not withdrawn from the zone yet. This may jeopardize the deconfliction agreement.

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  • Mortal

    By fire be purged then.

  • World_Eye

    Well Lavrov said if Militants don’t remove from the DMZ by the given date they will eliminate or arrest those ones, so what are they waiting for start to arrest and killing that al-qaeda terrorists.Turkey cannot handle Al-Qaeda, but if does that means that that Al-Qaeda in Syria was forever supplies from Turkey with their funding and back up.

  • potcracker2588

    cant get any sicker unfuckingbelievable…
    so al-qaida is getting an invitation of a nato member to hold talks on areas they can govern…totally insane and sick….turkey was thee country that funded and organized and armed these groups….
    and the stupid question…how ill syria react?? well how would any nation react if al-qaida occupies parts of your country and asks to govern those areas, while also asking for a non-government attack while they constantly shell governmet controlled areas.
    hollywood couldnt have written such a script