Erdogan promised to oust the Syrian army from Idlib

ANKARA, (BM) – The Turkish military does not even intend to step back from the Syrian Idlib. This was stated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking to the deputies, learned citing reuters.

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According to him, Ankara will free and regain observation posts, which turned out to be the line of contact in the region, while the Syrian army will be forced out of the posts. Erdogan assured that this will happen before the end of February.

“Our biggest problem right now is that we cannot use airspace. We hope that we will find a solution soon,” Anadolu quotes the president.

Fierce clashes between militants and government forces in Idlib province were reported on February 24 after the Turkish military, together with the armed opposition, attacked the positions of the Syrian army in Nairab. Later it became known that the militants returned control of the settlement, it was not possible to immediately recapture it.

In January-February, the Syrian army occupied almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone, leaving behind Turkish observation posts. The advance of government forces outraged Ankara. Erdogan said that if by the end of February the Syrian troops are not withdrawn from the line of posts, then the Turkish army will begin a military operation. Russia, which expressed support for the actions of Damascus in Idlib, is trying to resolve the situation through negotiations, but so far the parties have failed to agree.


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