Turkish troops prepare to enter Idlib province, Syria


Oct. 8 (UPI) — Turkey deployed commando units along its border with Syria and aided Free Syrian Army rebels as they crossed into Syria’s Idlib province, the Turkish government announced.

The troop movement is part of a joint mission between Turkey, Russia and Iran to monitor a de-escalation zone in Syria and remove a stronghold of former al-Qaida militants from the area. The three countries agreed in May to be guarantors of a cease-fire to help end the six-year civil war in Syria.

Although there is no U.S. involvement in the mission, and the U.S. government is watching the combined involvement of the three countries armies. A Pentagon spokesman said the United States supports the action.

Rebels of the FSA rode on trucks through Turkey and crossed the Syrian border on Saturday, while Turkish troops fully equipped with tanks and other weapons assembled at the border, awaiting orders to enter Syria.

Turkish troops were expected to be deployed within the city of Idlib while Russian troops attempt to control the perimeter and the city’s suburbs. The collaboration reflects closer ties between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ergodan formerly sided with the United States in insisting that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must be deposed in order to end the civil war, a move Russia opposes.

Putin and Erdogan met Sept. 28, and last week, Erdogan met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to organize the Idlib deployment. The new cooperative relationship between Turkey, Russia and Iran is a source of worry for the United States and for NATO, of which Turkey is a member.

Erdogan said Sunday that the Idlib action is continuing “without any problem,” adding that “the efforts there are continuing smoothly with our support for the Free Syrian Army.”

View the original article: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/10/08/Turkish-troops-prepare-to-enter-Idlib-province-Syria/8871507479063/

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/10/08/Turkish-troops-prepare-to-enter-Idlib-province-Syria/8871507479063/ to see original story and photos

In the same category are

Original ‘SNL’ stars, Shonda Rhimes heading to Television Academy Hall of Fame Oct. 21 (UPI) -- John Wells, Shonda Rhimes, Joan Rivers, Roy Christopher and the entire original cast of Saturday Night Live are to be inducted into t...
One in six deaths worldwide in 2015 were tied to pollution: Report SATURDAY, Oct. 21, 2017 -- Pollution led to more than 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015, or 1 in 6 deaths that year, a new report reveals. Air pollu...
Report: Japan eyeing SM-6 missiles for defense program Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Japan may add SM-6 missiles to the country's future ground-based defense system to intercept missiles, Yomiuri Shimbun reported. The ...
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo Bills: Prediction, preview, pick to win TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-3) AT BUFFALO BILLS (3-2) KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, New Era Field. TV: FOX, Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (field ...
Trump promotes tax plan to GOP, Dem senators at White House Oct. 18 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump met with Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday, detailing more of his pl...
ICE planning more jails across U.S. to house immigrants Oct. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to build more jails in the United States to house additional undocumented migrants, a ...

Dont forget to “Like” us on Facebook


Need something to share, visit our sister site for the

‘News in the last 30 days”

in a clear concise package ….

 

If you are an artist or interested in art, visit our art website and read about todays artscene and browse some of our artist profiles

 

Comment on this story