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 (2:45 P.M.) – Turkey is attempting to persuade Russia and Iran to force the Syrian Army to halt their offensive plans in northwest Syria, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar this afternoon. 

According to the source, Turkey is seeking an open-ended ceasefire that would be observed by their troops, Russia, and Iran. 

In order to disuade the Idlib operation, Turkey has allegedly threatened to launch an offensive at the key town of Tal Rifa’at, the source added. 

Over the last few weeks, the Turkish military has gradually built-up their forces near Tal Rifa’at, prompting the Syrian Army to respond by sending reinforcements to the nearby town of Deir Jamal.  

This show of force by Turkey has raised alarms in Damascus, as Tal Rifa’at is located just north of Aleppo city and the government strongholds of Al-Zahra’a and Nubl. 

While negotiations are still ongoing between Ankara and Moscow regarding Idlib, the Syrian Army has continued to beef up their forces in both Hama and Latakia, signifying that an offensive is imminent in these provinces. 

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FairsFair
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I thought the Turks said they had the Syrian civilians interests t heart???
More like when when the Turks take over an area they expel the local population to replace them with Turkmen…..

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zio turks should be kicked out of syria asap

Daeshbags-Sux
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Erdogan supports Hamas with your Khamenei…
I suppose Hamas and Khamenei are zios too?

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FairsFair

You’re not very helpful with your repeatative fake news.

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If you let Turks snoop around at Idlib and all the north Syria you lose the north Syria, this is a lesson for Russia who thought that they could make agreements with Turkey !

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ziad welds

how much longer before russia wakes up and stops playing around with the snake the will back stab once again? it reminds me of the story of the scorpion that fell in the water and the turtle that came to its rescue ,as soon as the turtle carrying the scorpion on its back made landfall it got stung fatally by the scorpion ,while dying the turtle asked it “why did you kill me after i just saved you?” the scorpion replied “because it’s in my nature” ,,so just like the ziojews who’s nature is to cheat steal and kill same… Read more »

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Nestor Arapa

Muy lamentable, el terrorista Erdogan de la Hermandad Musulmana quiere salir ganando, Putín está siendo manipulado, por derecho el gobierno Sirio está obligado a expulsar a los mercenarios respaldados por Turquía en defensa de la soberanía del pueblo Sirio.

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Vile fascist regime does not want to stop it’s terrorist invasion.
THEY MUST BE REMINDED THAT THEY ARE IN SYRIA! Not in Turkey and they have no right to be there! As soon as ISIS is destroyed in eastern Syria, Syrian government must launch a wide national liberation war against Turkish AND later American occupiers, invaders and their jihadist minions!
Soon there will be no jihadi proxies to stand as a meat-shield between Syria and it’s despicable enemies!

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Since SDF proposed to help SAA to retake Idlib, Afrin and al-Bab with Trump’s green light, it’s high time for Assad to more seriously consider their offer. SDF received hundreds of trucks in equipments in the last weeks and now have about a 50k manpower well trained army. By acting clever on the Assad side (sending IRGC/Hellbollah packing and considering a federal state more seriously), they may even act with CJTF/OIR air support and this would help normalising relations with the west while unlocking the necessary $400bln for reconstruction with low interest rates. If not… Well, Turkish army is far… Read more »

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Weldon Cheek

I thought syria was working to russias plans in this thing? The idlib offensive is fully supported by russia and iran so wouldnt it be a good idea to place russian forces,especially ones that can cause some serious hurt on an attacking force,into tal-riffat? That would then put a check on turkeys threat,secure that sector and put the ball back in turkeys court!

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This could actually be a good thing. Let’s face it. As illegal as it is, Turkey will keep a certain portion of Syria. They won’t let go of what they conquered. So if they said: Give us Tell Rifaat and then you can conquer the rest, I would take the offer.

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How Turkey can make claims in Syria ? Ottoman Empire has end years ago !

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Russia’s Ceasefire are just WORDS!!! and not action… See in Syria Southwest , Ceasefire Russia , Israel & Jordan sign a deal for red line but later on Russia take a blink eye on it. And now Northwest Syria , Turkey and Russia sign a deal for red line(ceasefire) and now they going to attack it. Turkey should not let this thing go. Turkey Show them!!

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Turkey should go home. They are on the wrong side of the Syrian-Turkish border if you didn’t know.

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Yeah, and Molotov signed a non-aggression pact with von Ribbentrop…
It allowed the Soviets to buy time and organise since they knew what was coming…

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miltiades

well that’s quite naive stalinist propaganda – Stalin just grabbed his part of Poland, no wisdom & foresight implied. But luckiliy, Putin is not Stalin, and crazy Donald ist not Adolf; when the midterm bullshit is over, and Erdolf’s economical troubles take their toll, there’ll be a chance to do the islamist bastards in

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Chauhan Chauhan

THAT IS NOT TURKEY TERRITORY THEY BETTER BEHAVE. OTHERWISE SAA WILL TAKE BACL NOT ONLY IDLIB AND ALL ALLEPPO BUT ALSO HATAY PROVINCE WHIC TURKEY OCCUPIED FROM SYRIA . TURKEY IS SALAFIST TERRIOST THEY WILL PAY HEAVI;Y WHEN THIS SAME TERRIOST TURKEY SUPPORTING WILL CREATE HAVOC AND US WILL BE THE FIRST TO SUPPORT THIS TERRIOST AGAINST YOUR TURK COWARDS

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Weldon Cheek

Remember,turkey is not in syria legaly! It is a filthy terrorist supporting pile of s**t that thinks it can push its weight around with the big boys just cos it managed to chase some kurds away,and they are still getting their s**t kicked around by the kurds anyway! Only reason turkey has got any leverage is because putin wants its money and its technicaly still in nato,but only because its position is useful otherwise it wouldnt of got through the door! Turkey is the worlds usefull idiot!! Lol.