Terror group YPG has called on Bashar al Assad's regime forces to "assert control" over areas the group was to withdraw from, including flashpoint Manbij, after US troop withdrawal. Ankara says that "must absolutely not be allowed."
Turkey envisions a safe zone without the PKK-linked YPG, the US wants to include what Ankara recognises as a terrorist organisation, while Russia and other regional powers think differently.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made the remarks during a briefing to the parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
Russia says it carried out air strikes on a planned buffer zone around opposition bastion of Idlib, a day after an alleged toxic attack on regime-held city.
Syrian regime shelling has killed at least nine people in Idlib, according to a monitor.
Regime media says militant shells have wounded dozens in Aleppo.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry says in a press release that the move was part of a pilot project prepared by a working group formed under the Astana process by Turkey, Russia, Iran and the United Nations.
Attacks were intensified on villages and towns in northern Hama, southern Idlib and Latakia — areas that fall within a demilitarised zone agreed on last September between Russia and Turkey.
A Syrian regime attack kills 22 Jaish al Izza fighters in a truce zone in a rural area in the north of Hama province, near neighbouring Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.
Northern Syria, where the Assad regime has little control, is a political theatre with different militant alliances running different regions. This is what’s going on.
The summit hosted by Turkey in Istanbul was attended by leaders of Russia, Germany and France.
After years of war in Syria, the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Turkey met in Istanbul to try and map out a future for the war torn country.
Turkey, Russia, France and Germany will meet in Istanbul to find a political solution to the Syrian war. Yet this has been preceded by many failures.
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