Turkey backs Syrian rebel group in new anti-extremist push in Idlib

What about Idlib? Why is Idlib critical

The skirmishes come as the Turkish forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels of the Free Syrian Army are bracing to enter Idlib to defeat the Al Qaeda-linked groups, as part of a deal struck recently with Russian Federation in the recent sixth round of Astana talks on Syria.

Responding to journalists' questions after the televised speech, Erdogan said Turkish soldiers were not yet in Idlib and the military was backing Free Syrian Army forces from within Turkey's borders.

Relations between the two countries have took a turn for the worse more recently following Erdogan's crackdown on political dissidents, some of whom are German citizens, in the wake of a failed putsch previous year.

Pro-Turkey Syrian rebels are also preparing for an operation to oust HTS jihadists from Idlib province. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated in August past year that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the crisis until then.

Turkey should rely on the moderate rebels in Idlib, including the Free Syrian Army, to fight the Islamic militants and avoid any unilateral military action that could be construed as violating the terms of the agreement, said Kose. "Salah al-Din al-Shishani is still alive and is somewhere in the regions controlled by militant groups in the west of Aleppo province".

Turkey earlier this year wrapped up its months-long Euphrates Shield operation against militants and Kurdish militia in Aleppo province that involved both the Turkish army and Syrian rebels.

"We will never allow a terror corridor along our borders in Syria", Erdogan said.

The operation follows a deal between Turkey and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's allies Russian Federation and Iran to impose a "de-escalation" zone in Idlib and surrounding areas to reduce warfare there, an agreement that did not include Tahrir al-Sham.

Security in Idlib will be provided by Turkey with Russia, Erdogan said Saturday, without elaborating further.

Along with Iraq's central government, Turkey, the US, Iran, and the United Nations have spoken out against Monday's illegitimate poll, warning it would distract from the ongoing fight against ISIS and further destabilize the region.

Turkey has been moving military equipment to its border with Syria since June 21.

By joining the Idlib mission, Turkey is "de facto agreeing to the transition of power for Assad", Talha Kose, an analyst with the Ankara-based Foundation for Political and Social Research, said at a conference on Syria in Istanbul on Thursday.

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