Next Stop Idlib: Erdogan Announces Turkey's New 'Serious' Operation in Syria

Turkish military has been on the move in Turkey's Hatay province on the border with Syria

"We are taking new steps to ensure security in Idlib".

During his speech, Erdoğan said that the operation in Idlib is the follow-up of the Euphrates Shield Operation in northern Syria, which was launched on August 24, 2016, in a bid to clear Turkey's border from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and stop the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) from merging its Kobane and Afrin cantons.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Saturday that Turkey was conducting an anti-terror operation in Syria's Idlib.

Appearing to confirm this, Erdogan said: "Idlib is a region where we will provide protection in the inside and Russian Federation on the outside".

The operation is part of a de-escalation deal agreed between Turkey, Iran, and Russian Federation, and will involve Syrian rebel groups crossing into Idlib supported by Turkish soldiers from inside Turkey.

Erdogan told reporters the operation was led by FSA rebels and that the Turkish army was "not yet" operating inside Syria.

Erdogan said many Syrians had fled to Idlib from neighbouring Aleppo province, which was rocked by heavy fighting previous year, and Turkey was not going to let them down.

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Residents near the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey in Syria sent Reuters photographs of what they said was a section of the frontier wall being removed by the Turkish authorities.

The two leaders discussed developments in Iraq and Syria as well as bilateral relations between France and Turkey, and regional issues, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said.

"We wish them luck", Bahçeli also said. "We expect that the large-scale operation that has been prepared will be launched perhaps within the next 24 hours", the rebel said.

Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Gaziantep near the Turkey-Syria border, said the operation was "definitely a significant move by the army" but more details were needed.

"When you enter a boxing match, you don't count how many punches you throw", he said. "The goal of the operation is to liberate Idlib fully from Tahrir al-Sham".

Asked how far Turkey might go in deploying troops inside Syria, Erdogan declined to give details.

UPFRONT: Has the Syrian opposition lost the war? Nevertheless, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier this week that Russia is ready to support armed groups fighting al-Nusra Front in Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone. Turkey, however, has backed rebels seeking Assad's ouster.

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