Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

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.

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Nestor Arapa

Sería decepcionante que Rusia acompañe en la supuesta ofensiva mencionado por Turquía.
El mundo está esperando que Rusia y Siria empiecen de manera conjunta la ofensiva en Idlib, Latakia y Alepo sin perder tiempo.

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If the aim of this joint operation is to give Turkey a way of retreating from Syria while saving her face: very well. But no SAA blood to save “moderate rebels” and other traitors.

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Just by reading the title, I was sure it was some of Melvut’s bullshïtting…

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Karel Vd Geest

This seems unlikely as Turkey is main arms supplier to HTS and HTS has now overc40k fighters in a large area. It is doubtful TFSA and their mercenaries can make a dent in HTS , given the poor performance of TFSA early januari. It will make SDF happy though.