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Turkey builds up forces on the border with Syria in connection with military operations in Idlib. By the turn of massing tanks and special forces, reports Bloomberg.
Thus Ankara, the newspaper notes, is gearing up for a possible influx of refugees from the region in the event of active hostilities. In addition, the strengthening of the border, according to Turkish authorities, to help hold back the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies.
“Russian fighter jets and ground troops would not allow himself to attack, while there are Turkish soldiers,” said a spokesman for Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin.
On 7 September the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has proposed to move the fighters from Idlib in the “more distant” places. He pointed out that at the moment, to the Turkish border, the refugees started from the region, and in the event of a large-scale offensive all over the humanitarian drama. “They have nowhere else to go. But we have 3.5 million refugees, Turkey can no longer accept them”, — said the head of state. He added that Turkey will continue its presence in Syria and will not allow risks to its own territory.
September 4, the Al Masdar News Agency, citing military sources reported that the Russian VKS began the biggest in a year of bombing positions of the armed groups in Idlib. It was noted that military action took part the aircraft “Sukhoi”, which, presumably, made about 50 air strikes on the southern and Western parts of the province.
Armed conflict in Syria began in 2011. It involves government forces, acting on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, moderate opposition and various Islamist groups. In recent months there are increasing reports about the truce and the surrender of weapons by militants.
Currently, Idlib province — the only major region of the country, which controlled by illegal armed groups. Restore control over it will mark the end of large-scale conflict in Syria.
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