Turkey has given a last ultimatum to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) to leave the demilitarized zone as the Syrian and Russian forces are preparing to kick off a major operation in the northern and northwestern regions of Syria, the state-owned Al-Watan publication reported.

Citing a source close Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, Al-Watan reported that the Turkish army has demanded the jihadist group to withdraw from its positions in the demilitarized zone as soon as possible.

The Turkish military allegedly told Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham that if they do not withdraw from the demilitarized zone, they will face a large-scale operation by the Syrian troops and Russian warplanes.

Al-Watan went on to say that the Turkish Army officers, in a meeting with Tahrir al-Sham commanders in one of the observation posts, announced that the Turkish Army will take no sides once the Syrian Army starts the operation and will not provide backup for the jihadist group.

The Turkish side has informed Tahrir al-Sham of the vast deployment of Syrian forces in contact lines with the jihadists in the demilitarized zone from northeastern Latakia up to western Aleppo, the daily added.

Ankara has also told the jihadists that its army troops in the region have been monitoring deployment of terrorists and their heavy weapons in the demilitarized zone, warning that Tahrir al-Sham’s positions are within the Damascus forces’ fire range, the paper said.

Al-Watan said that the Turks have urged Tahrir al-Sham to withdraw from Aleppo-Hama and Aleppo-Lattakia highways by the end of current year.

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The daily said that the Syrian Army has deployed almost 120,000 soldiers at 232 points, laying siege on the demilitarized zone from 3 directions.

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FairsFair
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Forget about the Turks. Can’t trust them. What were they doing in Idlib for the last 6 mths to 1 year??? Ethnically cleansing non-Turkic residents and stealing possessions while re-settling non-Syrians in the homes left vacant.
The SAA and RuAf needs to go in hard. Even if they don’t recover N. Syria from the Kurds, they need Idlib for a viable state. The Kurds will always be looking over their shoulders at the Turks. Hence, Syrian oil and related royalties can be negotiated with the Kurds. Not so much from the thieving Turks.

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Stern Daler

@FairsFair, the Sultan does not fight any Jihadi who are the ghazi of the new Ottoman empire. The Sultan just waits till the SAA drives HTS away so that he can hire them also – for his attempt to occupy Afrin and Idlip as a colony like Northern Cyprus.

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The “last” ultimatum? It’s the first one I ever heard of, and even still it’s alleged. :]
Also it’s interesting that Turkey’s “contribution” to defeating terrorists is simply that they won’t fight on their side. xD That’s an amazing amount of “contribution”. If we forget the last 7 years of supporting terrorists we could say now that Turkey is on the level of Paraguay, Nepal or Tanzania when it comes to fighting against terrorists in Syria. :]

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@Ivan, the Jihadi are the gahzi troops of the new Ottoman Empire.

So Turkey’s contribution against them will stay a lot of hot air.

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Karel Vd Geest

But they give them ( political) cover and act as a shield. If Syria gains Idlib but loses Rojava, they will never get it back from Turkey. Turkey is already salivating when thinking of taking omar oilfield. They will return them when sucked dry. Tripple whammy. Get rid of kurds and take oil and f*ck americans.

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Stern Daler

@Karel, absolutely on all You say.

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Nestor Arapa

Erdogan está acostumbrado de agarrar de ingenuos a los Rusos incluyendo a Irán, al contrario el gobierno Turco quiere que Tahrir al-Sham comience atacando y luego sus mercenarios saldrían ganando.

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If anyone will lose here it could potentially be the Kurds. If the Kurds are smart, they will turn to Damascus & join together at all levels. Turkey is playing poker to see who will bluff first. Erdogan may say what he has to, but he nurtures his jihadi proxy armies so his son can buy cheap oil & sell from occupied oil wells in northern Syria.