Turkey backs new as­sault in Syria

The Sunday Telegraph - - World news -

Syr­ian rebels backed by Turkey are stag­ing a new mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion to over­throw ji­hadists who con­trol Syria’s Idlib province, Turk­ish pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said.

It comes as Turkey, Rus­sia and Iran pre­pare to set up a “de-es­ca­la­tion” zone in Idlib in line with ac­cords aimed at end­ing the civil war. Mr Er­do­gan said the op­er­a­tion was in coordination with Rus­sia.

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