In a bid to avoid massive loss of life in the event of a major assault by Syrian government forces, Turkey has drawn up a plan that would allow militants safe passage from the northwestern province, the newspaper Daily Sabah reported.

According to the plan, unveiled by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting with his Russian and Iranian counterparts in Tehran to discuss the war in Syria and a possible military offensive to retake the rebel enclave of Idlib, 12 armed groups, including the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, would surrender their weapons.

The fighters would then be evacuated to a buffer zone under the surveillance of the so-called moderate opposition on condition that they hand over their weapons to a coalition of militant groups backed by Ankara, the newspaper wrote without revealing its sources.

Foreign fighters would be allowed to return to their home countries, but the groups who refused to disarm and move out would become the target of counter-terror operations.

Turkey will then train a militant force to ensure security in the province, just like in other Syrian regions controlled by Ankara-backed fighters.

Fearing that a major assault on Idlib could cause “disaster” and send refugees streaming across its borders, Turkey has spent the past few weeks in intense negotiations with Russia.

 

Sources: Sputnik, Daily Sabah

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Ivan
Ivan
2018-09-07 15:37

A dead terrorist is always better then an evacuated one… Just saying.

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FairsFair
2018-09-07 17:36
Reply to  Ivan

Stops them from being re-allocated to Afghanistan, the next geo-political battlefield

Nestor
Nestor
2018-09-08 00:17
Reply to  FairsFair

Al-qaeda también está expandiéndose en Yemen, el destino no creo que sea Afganistan.

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FairsFair
2018-09-07 17:34

I like the idea that aggrieved, disappointed foreign jihadis would be returned to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Turkey, China (for due processing). I’m not surprised that Turkey is being so “generous” because if Syria retrieved Idlib that would block any extension of Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman pretensions in Syria.

Nestor
Nestor
2018-09-08 00:19
Reply to  FairsFair

Falso, Erdogan no renunciará a Afrin, es la zona donde quiere evacuar, Erdogan pertenece a la hermandad Musulmana, origen de muchos terroristas.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2018-09-08 12:21
Reply to  FairsFair

100% agree with bot of you, Fair+Nestor!
Thus, nobody wants thse roaches back, many even already deprivated ’em from nationality…
And Erdogan’s puppets are not better, he’ll hire these creeps in his own groups like the infamous Zenki merged with Ahrar al-Sham as NLF

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FairsFair
2018-09-07 17:52

And people would query why the Turks didn’t remove said foreign jihadis during all this time and relieve the Syrian locals of these oppressors?

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2018-09-08 12:22
Reply to  FairsFair

Because all Shitlamists are as one, even the Shias ones!
Many group name, one jihad!

RAKAN
RAKAN
2018-09-07 19:08

Turkey will then train a militant force to ensure security in the province, just like in other Syrian regions controlled by Ankara-backed fighters.

and finally declare the province independence from syria

Nestor
Nestor
2018-09-08 00:21
Reply to  RAKAN

Erdogan no va renunciar al territorio invadido, se va quedar como ocurrido en Altos de Golán en el sur ocupado por Israel.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2018-09-08 12:24
Reply to  Nestor

Might be a little different : he’s not in US and EU little papers 😉

Muriel
Muriel
2018-09-08 15:58
Reply to  RAKAN

I totally agree with you! See my comment – If he’s truly just interested in the terrorists’ welfare, he can do it MY way. That way, he doesn’t have the expense of the Syrian refugees on Turkey’s shoulders and can do what he wants with the terrorists. This would also stop any further designs on taking Syrian land for himself. I want to see him return some of the land he’s stolen already,

Nestor
Nestor
2018-09-08 00:21

Erdogan es enemigo de Siria, es lo que se tiene que tener en cuenta.

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ziad
2018-09-08 01:05

this dog who recently put HTS on the terror list now wnts to save them and use them for some kind of policing force in areas they continue to illegally occupy? and how do the russians and syrians feel about that? is russia stupid to keep pandering to this turkish maniac?

Muriel
Muriel
2018-09-08 16:07
Reply to  ziad

Russia is doing what it’s done all along – trying to get the job done with the least amount of civilian casualties. Syria will never go along with Turkey making a buffer zone on Syrian territory and then be in control of it. I think Russia is fully aware of these feelings and will heed them. I don’t trust Erdogan – he straddles both fences (Russia and US), while trying to get the best deal with them both. We all saw the columns of tanker trucks taking Syrian oil to Turkey without ever being attacked at all until Russia came… Read more »

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FairsFair
2018-09-08 17:06
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My sentiments exactly!

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Jihadi Charly
2018-09-08 01:26

so basically Erdogan wants to annex the Idlib region just like he did with Afrin

Muriel
Muriel
2018-09-08 15:53

Why should the ‘buffer area’ be built on Syrian soil? If he wants to protect the terrorists, take them to Turkey and set up a ‘buffer zone’ there! In return, he can release all the Syrian refugees from Turkey and return them to Idlib. From there, they could just return to their original home towns. If it’s done HIS way, I this is just another attempt by him to take MORE Syrian land. Has he vacated any of the land he’s taken so far?

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Piotr Rokosz
2018-09-07 16:10

Turkish plan says about taking Idlib by erdoganic jihadists from Afrin and Azaz. I hope Russia not approve this satanic plan.

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jirinas22
2018-09-07 17:28

Where to evacuate? From Syria to Syria?

Long Live Syria
Long Live Syria
2018-09-07 17:29

One thing is very clear & evident. ErDOGs baalls have been squeezed very hard by Putin & Rouhani making him understand that the Russians also want to wrap up Syria operations and dont wanna get bogged down any further and the poor squealing guy has been made to understand that face saving solution is better for Turkey to take away the 50000 Terrorists & their family out of Idlib and ensure that millions of refugees don’t get into Turki and stay there permanently. ErDOG will come home smiling & claim victory from the meeting claiming he has defused the war… Read more »

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ranix
2018-09-07 18:05

did his zio masters tell him to do so?

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2018-09-08 12:25
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No, he’s no friends of zios : he funds Hamas together with Khamenei and Tamim

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Moomin troll
2018-09-07 20:13

And this helps how? Assad has stated he wants all of syria back! That will include the areas like afrin that are still syria! Just because they are backed by turkey doesnt make them any less of a threat to syria! And who is then the government of these areas? Turkey? That is just giving the land and any resources to them! Is erdogan seriously thinking this will fly? This is where syria can get the kurds back on side,id give the kurds semi autonomy if they blow the u.s. out of their a**e and attack afrin when the idlib… Read more »

Gerd Görges
Gerd Görges
2018-09-07 23:09

The jihadists evacuating willingly at Turkey’s command is a revealing idea per se. But it’s totally unacceptable that they be evacuated and then leave the entire province be left to Turkey. If Turkey said they wanted a little piece of Idlib along the border to add to the territories they’ve already stolen in Afrin and Al-Bab, well, at least there would be something to discuss about. But, like this, the whole province being left to Turkey, what would the government gain at all? Nothing whatsoever. This is absurd.