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17:31  23 august  2019
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Turkey says airstrikes target Turkish army convoy in Syria

Turkey says airstrikes target Turkish army convoy in Syria DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside a rebel-held part of Syria on Monday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said, killing 3 civilians and wounding 12 others. 

Turkey , which had had a relatively friendly relationship with Syria over the decade prior to the start of the civil unrest in Syria in the spring of 2011

Until they quit doing terror on Turkey 's soil, this is a legit use of Turkey 's military resources. If Mexico was staging attacks on America over a prolonged What would you do with the Kurds, if you had a choice? Assimilating them into Turkey and surrounding countries has not seemed to work so well.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that Turkish troops will not quit a military observation post in northwestern Syria where they are surrounded by government forces.

Turkey vows not to quit army post surrounded in Syria© ANWAR AMRO Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tells a news conference in the Lebanese capital that Turkish troops will not quit a military observation post in northwestern Syria

"We are there, not because we can't leave but because we don't want to leave," he told a news conference in Lebanon, denying that Turkish troops had been "cut off" by a government advance into the jihadist-ruled Idlib region.

Earlier, Syrian regime forces overran a string of towns and villages in the north of Hama province, including the town of Morek, where the Turkish observation post is located, Syria's state news agency SANA said.

Anti-Assad fighters withdraw from key area of northwest Syria

Anti-Assad fighters withdraw from key area of northwest Syria Jihadists and allied rebels withdrew from a key area of northwestern Syria Tuesday as President Bashar al-Assad's forces pressed an offensive against the jihadist-run Idlib region, a war monitor said. © - Syrian government forces have been gathering for a push on the key northwestern town of Khan Sheikun for days as they press their Russian-backed offensive against jihadists and allied rebels in their Idlib bastion The town of Khan Sheikhun on the region's southern edge has been a key goal for the government as it lies on the main highway through Idlib province connecting the capital Damascus with second city Aleppo.

Turkish Presidential Spokesman on Wednesday said Turkey ’s observation posts in Syria , formed under an agreement with Russia and Iran, will Kalın’s statement follows a suspected Syrian army strike near a Turkish military convoy heading to an observation post in the northwestern province of

Turkish troops and tanks near the Syrian border are making final plans to attack the US military’s Kurdish partners inside northern Syria as tensions between Ankara and Washington near unprecedented levels. It has vowed not to allow Kurdish groups to dominate its border with Syria .

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that "regime forces have surrounded the Turkish observation post in Morek" after the advance.

Cavusoglu acknowledged that "there are clashes in the Idlib region".

"Regime forces are conducting activities around our observation post," he said , adding that the issue was being discussed with Damascus allies Russia and Iran.

But "our observation point there is not cut-off and nobody can isolate our forces and our soldiers," he added.

Rebel-backer Turkey has carried out two cross-border offensives into Syria, where its forces have been deployed for nearly two years.

The observation post in Morek is one of 12 the Turkish army set up along the front line between government forces and the jihadists and their rebel allies last year.

Syria regime forces take full control of key town

Syria regime forces take full control of key town Syrian regime forces took full control of a key northwestern town Wednesday, surrounding rebel-backing Turkish forces at a nearby observation post, a war monitor said. "Regime forces took full control of the town of Khan Sheikhun and are currently clearing it of mines," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman. Pro-government fighters have now "surrounded an area stretching from the south of Khan Sheikhun into northern Hama province, cutting off all roads out" for Turkish troops in the nearby town of Morek, he said.

Syria has long opposed the US military presence in the country, which was deployed without Syrian permission, and which Pentagon officials say will last long after the outright defeat of ISIS. Whether the Syrians can do anything about it is another matter. The US presence in Syria is substantial, and

Just look at Turkey 's controversial offensive in Syria 's northern region of Afrin, intended to extend Turkey 's existing buffer zone inside the country and to evict Kurdish fighters from a broad swathe of territory. The Ankara government sees the fighters as allies of Kurdish separatists inside Turkey .

The troops' mission was to oversee the establishment of a buffer zone agreed by Ankara and Moscow in September.

But the jihadists failed to pull back from the zone as agreed and in April, government and Russian forces resumed intense bombardment of the region.

"The regime's forces have deployed in Morek and throughout the northern part of Hama province, without attacking the observation post," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

"For the (Turkish) soldiers there is no way out" except through territories now held by the regime and its Russian ally, according to the Observatory.

The Idlib region, which sits on the Turkish border, is the last major stronghold of opposition to the Russia-backed Syrian government.

It has been under government assault since late April.

Around 900 civilians have been killed, according to the Observatory.

More than 400,000 people have been displaced, says the United Nations.

The war in Syria has killed more than 370,000 people since it started with the brutal suppression of anti-government protests in 2011.

Russia says U.S. strikes Syria's Idlib, puts ceasefire at risk - Reports.
The Russian military said the United States carried out air strikes in Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone in breach of previous agreements, inflicting numerous casualties and endangering a ceasefire, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday. © Reuters/Omar Sanadiki FILE PHOTO: A Syrian army soldier holds a Syrian flag as he stands on a military vehicle in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib TASS news agency, citing the Russian defense ministry, said the United States had forewarned neither Russia nor Turkey about the strikes. It added that Russian and Syrian warplanes had not carried out raids in the region recently.

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