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Russia and Turkey collide in battle for Idlib (Video)

Russia and Turkey collide in battle for Idlib (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the Monday Syrian airstrikes on a Turkish army convoy that was making its way towards Khan Sheikhoun.

Damascus accused Turkey trying to move forces into the now encircled area in order to aid terrorists. Khan Sheikhoun had been the site of staged chemical attack.

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Via RT…

The Turkish Defense Ministry has condemned Syria for attacking its convoy in the Syrian province of Idlib. Damascus said the vehicles were transporting weapons and ammo to “terrorist forces.”

Ankara said three people were killed and 12 others injured on Monday after the Syrian airstrike, which targeted a Turkish military convoy travelling between two observation points in northern Syria. The statement said all victims were civilians, without explaining how they were involved in a military operation.

Ankara said the attack violated the agreement between Russia, Turkey and Iran, which paved the way to a relative de-escalation in the protracted war in Syria, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported.

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Idlib province is the last major part of Syria largely controlled by various armed groups, some of them hardcore jihadists. On request from Russia, the Syrian government agreed not to use force to retake the region to avoid casualties among civilians, who have blood ties with Turkey.

Ankara is supposed to prevent hostilities from reigniting, with a series of observation posts spread along the provincial border to monitor the situation. The plan however never fully worked, with regular flare-ups happening between various armed groups and the Syrian Arab Army.

The nature of the attacked convoy is perceived differently by the Syrian side, however. The Syrian news agency SANA said it was carrying weapons and ammunition to “terrorist forces” in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. It’s located in the southern part of Idlib province on a highway connecting the cities of Aleppo and Hama.

Lately there has been heavy fighting near Khan Sheikhoun between Damascus forces and the group controlling the city, predominantly the Islamist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTC), formerly known as Nusra Front.

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Once Erdogan aligns himself fully with the Eurasian project, Turkey will be branded a rogue state by Washington.
So far, he has tried to serve more than one master, but that can’t continue indefinitely. If he backstabs the Russians and the Syrians, his regime will be over.

Platon
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Erdogan, like most Western pirates and other criminals, is a schizophrenic.
How perfect for ‘playing both sides’.
For Erodgan that is actually like being loyal to both sides… at the same time.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

Eddy is a neo imperialist with a view to create a neo ottoman empire. If he can usurp Syria and Iraq, he will have a direct line to Jordan and the rest of the lavant (israel included). He needs Russia on hand now more than America, but he also needs them out of Syria since Russia hold the key to the northern lands. If Eddy was to realise his dream then he truly will have everyone by the nuts with the Middle East in his pocket.

Marcus
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Marcus

Sometimes I wonder how much of Erdogan’s “f*cking around” in Syria with the Russians and Syrians is Kabuki theater.

BobValdez
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BobValdez

Thinking the same thing.

Platon
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Platon

A nine grams of lead ‘supplement’ is just what the doctor ordered for Erdogan.

Fly on the Tank
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Fly on the Tank

Well, that’s exactly what Pompeo would prescribe so, not sure that’d be the wisest move to be made.

TEP
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TEP

Reliable sources (including MoA) reported the SAAF hit the first vehicle (guide ‘FSA’ vehicle), and the leader of Faylq al-Sham was killed, but no Turkish military were harmed. It was a clever move and it worked, with the convoy stopping at Nimr, north of Khan Sheikun, where the Turks are setting up a new “observation post”.
Tiger Forces & SAA entered Khan Sheikun yesterday after finding the northern part was mostly deserted, the terrorists having apparently fled to the south (source ISWnews and AMN).

gra gor
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john vieira
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They WERE on Syrian soil…and if they were succouring the rebels they deserved whatever they got!!!

Gail Angela Karrer
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Gail Angela Karrer

Hurrah!! So all you Greeks will get Russia, too, because they won’t stop anywhere. Putin has stationed himself on Mt. Athos, with numerous technical paraphenalia. Russian billionaires (Putin’s personal fortune is, at the minimum 20 billion euros!) are buying up real estate like crazy. Why are you, in your thoughts and observations, always making fun of and criticizing the US, who with NATO has given you people PEACE and PROSPERITY for 75 years? Russia, Turkey and Islam would have overrun you long ago without NATO. The Holy Psaisios said it: Russia will INVADE GREECE, destroy Turkey and head through the… Read more »

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