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Devil’s deal: Did Turkey outmaneuver Russia with Idlib Agreement? (Video)

Devil’s deal: Did Turkey outmaneuver Russia with Idlib Agreement? (Video)

Syrian jihadist groups in Idlib are rejecting the Turkish-Russian Idlib deal.

The jihadist faction, Huras al-Din has already rejected the agreement that requires radical terrorist insurgents in Idlib to withdraw from a demilitarized zone. Huras al-Din urged other jihadist factions to launch new military operations.

Huras al-Din is not the main Islamist militant group in Idlib, but its statement points to objections that may complicate the implementation of the agreement signed last week by Russia and Turkey.

The most powerful jihadist terrorist group in the northwest, Tahrir al-Sham (aka Al Nusra, aka Al Qaeda), has yet to declare its stance on the Idlib deal, under which terrorist jihadist groups must vacate the demilitarized zone by October 15th.

Tahrir al-Sham said on Monday that it will announce its position on the Idlib agreement in the next few days, with its acceptance or rejection vital to the success of efforts to contain the war.

According to Reuters, Tahrir al-Sham’s stance will be critical to last week’s deal which has, for now, averted a full-scale Syrian government offensive in Idlib, which along with adjacent areas of the northwest is the rebels’ last major foothold.

“An official statement will be issued soon,” after the group held internal consultation on the deal, said Emad al-Din, media officer for Tahrir al-Sham. He clarified that “soon” meant within a few days.

Tahrir al-Sham was formed in early 2017 as an alliance of jihadist factions including the former al Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front and it has a large armed presence throughout Idlib, including along the Turkish border.

A smaller, harder line jihadist faction in Idlib, Huras al-Din, has rejected the agreement and urged rebels to launch new military operations.

An alliance of Turkey-allied rebel groups, the National Front for Liberation, has declared its “complete cooperation” with the Turkish effort, but has also ruled out disarming or yielding territory.

The demilitarized zone agreed by Turkey and Russia will be 15 to 20 km (10 to 12 miles) deep and run along the contact line between rebel and government fighters. It will be patrolled by Turkish and Russian forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that all opposition heavy weapons, mortars, tanks and rocket systems are to be removed from the zone by October 10th.

Close to 3 million people live in Idlib, around half of them Syrians displaced by the war from other parts of Syria, and the United Nations has warned that an offensive would cause a humanitarian catastrophe.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and International Affairs and Security Analyst via Moscow, Mark Sleboda discuss the Idlib Agreement between Russia and Turkey. The deal averts a bloody conflict in Idlib for now, but in the long run, northwest Syria, under Turkish control, may end up being a permanent breeding and training ground for Al Qaeda forces…with all the blowback that entails, not only for the Syrian state, but for Europe and the United States of America.

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Via PressTV

Turkish military vehicles have entered Idlib after militants snubbed an agreement between Turkey and Russia for the creation of a buffer zone in the northwestern Syrian province, the last major militant stronghold in the Arab country.

The 30-strong convoy of vehicles entered the province “overnight,” AFP reported Monday, describing the vehicles as those used for transporting troops.

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The agreement over the buffer zone was reached during a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Under the deal, a demilitarized zone of 15-20 kilometers will have to be created in Idlib along the contact line between the militants and Syrian government troops by October 15.

The deal also involves the withdrawal of “radically-minded” militants, including the al-Qaeda-linked ones, from the region.

Erdogan said both Turkey and Russia would carry out coordinated military patrols on the borders of the buffer zone in a bid to detect and prevent “provocation by third parties and violations of the agreement.”

On Sunday, however, Turkish-backed militants rejected to either lay down their arms or surrender the territory under their control.

“We will not abandon our weapons, our land or our revolution” against Syrian government forces, said the so-called National Liberation Front (NLF).

Turkey, along with Iran and Russia, has been serving as a mediator in talks between the Syrian government and the opposition since 2017, negotiating on the militants’ side.

Idlib is considered to be the last theater of war in Syria. Government troops have liberated the militant-held provinces one by one with the help of Syria’s allies Iran and Russia.

The Russo-Turkish agreement has suspended a concerted Syrian army operation against the militants in the province.

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It would not be a surprise if Turkey has been in Cahoots with the USA and its coalition of useful idiots who want to kill Assad and take over Syria. I think Putin has to put up or shut up otherwise he will be dumped by his own people.

Meanwhile, Trump is keeping himself in the spotlight at the UN chairing the Security meeting.

Shahna
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Shahna

…. And I think you underestimate Mr Putin.

Cheryl Brandon
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Cheryl Brandon

I hope to god you are right cause, nobody should have to live in fear for their lives/ their children’s l and their safety from Wahabhist criminals?

Ian
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Ian

I don’t think so. It’s been reported that Erdogan’s body language to Trump while at the UN wasn’t friendly.

john mason
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john mason

Mistake to transfer the terrorists to Idlib, they should have gone to Raqqa and that would have saved the city from destruction; US wouldn’t fight their own proxies, stay to protect or leave and let the SAA lose on them.

Shahna
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Shahna

I don’t see why – That turkey has until the 10th October of get his militants to agree and move their backsides accordingly…… It was pretty much a done deal that they wouldn’t agree or go and I guess by then those Syrians who went south to do some housecleaning will be back and …. well – let’s just say terrorists go visit with other dinosaurs. And just look at all the interesting things Russia’s bringing in – with some electronic “dead zone” in the Med… In retaliation for Israeli negligence – or in preparation for NATO-stated intervention in an… Read more »

Cheryl Brandon
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Cheryl Brandon

It should be with immediate effect!

JNDillard
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JNDillard

This follows Putin’s preferred strategy of giving his opponents enough rope to hang themselves, as Israel just did. What is going to happen next, as Putin and Assad must have known, is that Erdogan will be unable to get his terrorists to evacuate. It will then become Turkey’s responsibility to evict them, meaning Turkish lives, instead of Syrian lives, in the fighting. If Erdogan does not or will not, then Syria will do so, with the full backing of Russia, whether Erdogan likes it or not. What that may mean is that Turkey will be fighting both Syria and Russia,… Read more »

Guy
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Guy

“According to Reuters, Tahrir al-Sham’s stance will be critical to last week’s deal”
So says Reuters .As if they are in control of what is going on in Idlib.
If the terrorists insist on staying in the demilitarized zone, they will slowly get neutralized .If it takes more time , so be it , but they will get neutralized.And the zionists and the zionist controlled governments of the NATO block can go suck wind.

Cheryl Brandon
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Cheryl Brandon

President Vladimir Putin has enabled Erdagoon by giving him time; Cause, Erdagoon has no plans of kicking out the Wahabhist; He is going to change their uniform; I think SAA soldiers might have to carry out this liberation on their own . if Russia is no longer in clearing up Syria; Or give the job to Hezbollah! Their only allegiance is to JUSTICE

voza0db
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voza0db

Nothing of that!

This is just Russia doing the same to Turkey as she did to IsRaEl!

We just need to wait for the Turks to mess up… and voilà!

S-300 anyone?

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

Never trust them two-faced terrorist-abetting resource-thieving civilian-murdering Turks – they are still sneakily in with their illegal-invader Zio-liar pro-terror political-meddling anti-democracy Yank and ISISraeli war criminals (as well as false-flagging F-UK-US). Have been all along – still are now. FSA are slyly remorphed sicko terrorist mercenaries and so are all the pretend ‘rebel’ groups.

John Nolan
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John Nolan

That is a fitting acroniym, F.UK.US., which is the plan to do just that to all sane, humane people, as BIG MUMMA, who really pulls all the strings, in these power games, estabishes her end time, one world government, one world church, one world economic system and she definitely F.UK.US all who will not submit to her religious take over.

boggij
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boggij

Unfortunately I think the US has reached its goal in Syria. Those S 400 are not going to change anything at all. Syria is now divided in three parts forever,and in total ruins. The Assad part, that will be poor because the US have cut all oilfields from that area. The Part controlled by the US ,that has all the oil and will be used to terrorize the Assad part,paid by the oil so it is not going to cost the US much. The third part is Idlib,that is now totally controlled by Turkey. There Erdogan can foster his terrorist… Read more »

Marcus
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Marcus

I have disagreements with Mark Sleboda that Putin has been out maneuvered by Turkey. I think that Putin is in the midst of a wrestling match not a boxing match in the middle east and particularly in Syria. In a wrestling match you can be in a situation where you have a good hold and you seek to incrementally increase your hold’s position until your opponent is forced into a weaker position. At some point the opponent’s resistance collapses. You don’t need to risk a good position for some grandiose maneuver that could blow up in your face. But Mark… Read more »

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Nicely stated.

maja
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maja

Daaaaa!

TEP
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TEP

No. No they didn’t.

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