BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Saturday that the Euphrates Shield Forces are preparing to launch a new operation in the Idlib Governorate that will target areas controlled by the Al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham militants.

“We are taking new steps to ensure security in Idlib. Today, a very serious operation is ongoing in Idlib and this will continue,” Erdogan said in a televised speech in the western city of Afyon, as quoted by the AFP News Agency.

In conjunction with Erdogan’s announcement, a large convoy of Turkish-backed rebels were pictured leaving northern Aleppo for the Hatay Province, which borders Syria’s Idlib Governorate.

The upcoming operation by the Euphrates Shield Forces will be backed by Russian air support, marking the first time during this war that the two parties join forces against the jihadist rebels.

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Floriangeyer
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I would suspect that the US Military planners are now scratching their heads and saying ‘ How the f**k did this FUBAR happen, Turkey is meant to be on our side ‘ 🙂

Israel is Deeply Deeply concerned.

Again 🙂

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Only one of four comments here understand, what is going on! Yes, Turkey has flipped to the other side. I said this since around a year, people can’t believe it.

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Yes my friend, i said it. Turkey is en route to the Kurdish enclaves. The meeting between the Kurdish commanders and the HTS will be proved fruitless, as the HTS are also at the service of their American sponsors by trying a few days to kidnap Russian agents in their offensive surprise to distract Russia y SAA from their successes in Deir Ezzor. As I said for third times, after the Kurdish referendum in Iraq, everything changed. It is in the interest of Turkey to join forces with Syria, Iraq and Iran in the face of a very obvious hidden… Read more »

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Flay the Daeshbags

who are the Russians fighting for?

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Why this now? They are on the verge of having all the manpower they need without letting Turkey and its islamists take parts of Syria.

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Daeshbags Sux

Is Putin on LSD or what??

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This is nonsense. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Turkey are allies. Turkey has already entered Syria and linked up with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Their goal is to attack Rojava. I very much doubt Russia will provide air cover, given that Russia backs the Kurds and Russian troops are stationed with Kurdish units in Afrin. This may be the beginning of the end for Erdogan.

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If any Turkish soldier killed in action, Idlib will become our new territory. Maybe make a referandum, then later claim.

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Nop my friend.
The head of Putin it’s much sane, cooler and more calculator than ever.
Like every good chess player, moving each peon with supreme mastery and long-term foresight.
For me that man was and always will be a genius of both local and global strategy.