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The militants of the terrorist group “Hayat Tahrir al-sham” (HTS), created on the basis of the banned in Russia “Dzhabhat EN-Nusra” reinforce its position near the zone of de-escalation in the Syrian province of Idlib. This statement was made by the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, RIA Novosti reported.
According to her, the militants shelled daily nearby settlements and build up forces near the line of contact with the Syrian military.
Earlier in January, HTS stated that support Turkey’s plans to conduct a military operation in Syria.
In December 2018, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara will soon start a new military operation against terrorists in Syria East of the Euphrates river. To terrorists, representatives of the PYD and YPG. They control areas in Northern Syria, they have traditionally supported the US.
Idlib — the last major region of Syria, which is controlled by illegal armed groups. In 2017, there was created the Northern area of de-escalation, which moved the militants have not laid down their arms, and their families. In 2018, the region established the demilitarized zone, which patrols assigned to Turkey and Russia. Now there are present as members of international terrorist groups, and rebel groups not considered terrorists.
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