BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – Turkey and Russia may conduct a joint military operation in the Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria to clear the remaining terrorists from the region, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Friday.
“Russians are offering a joint operation, they say that we have to get rid of them [the militants],” said Çavuşoğlu in an interview with the Hurriyet newspaper.
This offer will likely require both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Turkish-backed rebels to indirectly work together to clear the jihadist factions like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party from the Idlib Governorate.
However, this may not be fully accepted by the Turkish-backed rebels, who also rejected the Sochi Agreement that required them to fully withdraw from the designated buffer zone.
This potential Russian-Turkish operation will be discussed at the upcoming Astana Peace Conference that is scheduled for February 14th.