Turkish army begins setting up observation positions in Syria's Idlib

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed late Thursday that a military convoy of Turkish forces entered Idlib before heading towards the western part of Aleppo province.

Turkish forces have entered northwest Syria's largely jihadist-controlled Idlib province, observers said, where Ankara said this week it planned to create a "de-escalation zone" as part of efforts to end the Syrian war.

The agreement aims to ensure the continuation of a cease-fire agreed on last December between the three guarantor nations.

The development came after Turkey said it was sending in troops to enforce a de-escalation zone in Idlib.

Turkish army on Thursday started setting up observation positions in northern Syria's Idlib within the framework of Astana Process, Turkish General Staff announced on Friday.

Although Erdogan said the operation would firstly be carried out by the rebel it supports, Turkish troops crossed border into Syria's Idlib province on October 8 to conduct reconnaissance mission there.

Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Antakya, along Turkey's border with Syria, said: "This is what we know so far: dozens of military vehicles have crossed into Syria".

They agreed on four such ceasefire zones in Syria as a prelude to negotiations. Turkey's operation is mainly aimed at clearing out HTS and implementing a de-escalation zone in the province. Three other de-escalation zones are now operating in south-western Syria, eastern Ghouta (suburbs of Damascus) and northern Homs province.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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