Renewed violence tightened the noose around Syria's last major rebel-held bastion and deepened an already dire humanitarian crisis.
The proxy wars are being fought by countries over land that doesn't belong to them and its the Iraqis who are paying with their lives.
Turkish troops at posts have orders to respond to any acts of hostility, defence minister tells commanders at Syrian border.
Residents of villages and towns in southern parts of Idlib province have been fleeing while regime forces have been pushing into the northwestern province of Idlib toward a rebel-held town, Maaret al Numan.
War monitor SOHR says regime push "is an attempt to get closer to Maaret al Numan" in Idlib province which Russia and regime have intensely bombed fuelling exodus of Syrians, many of whom Turkey's President Erdogan says are marching towards Turkey.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says eight civilians were killed in the town of Saraqeb while four others were killed in separate air strikes in other towns of southern Idlib.
At least 96 fighters have been killed over 48 hours in Idlib during clashes between the two sides, a war monitor said. Meanwhile, Russian air strikes killed at least 14 civilians in Maarat al Numan and Saraqib.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, who previously said Turkey is "not a hotel" for foreign Daesh members, says Ankara will start sending back foreign militants starting Monday.
Turkish President Erdogan said deals with US and Russia on YPG/PKK withdrawal from northeastern Syrian border with Turkey had not been implemented. He added he would discuss the issue with his counterparts, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Despite the strong enmity between the Qatari owners of Al Jazeera and the Saudi owners of Al Arabiya, their English coverage took a largely similar tone, and both failed to present Turkish ground realities in an accurate or fair manner.
The Syrian regime and Russia were under the impression that the YPG is on the ropes, but that turned out to be a strategic miscalculation as the YPG is still unwilling to make major concessions. This means the YPG-Syrian regime deal is falling apart.
Meanwhile, Turkish forces detained 18 people, suspected of being part of Syria's regime forces, in the northern town of Ras al Ayn, Ankara said.
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