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A Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighter drinks a coffee near the city of al-Bab in the Aleppo province on the border with Turkey Idlib demilitarized zone is free of heavy weapons: Turkish MoD
Steven Clarke | 12 October, 2018, 21:09

Led by former Al-Qaeda fighters, HTS has yet to announce its stance on the buffer zone deal.

It has been decided that October 15 be the dead line for the removal of the heavy weaponry and the departure of the "hard-liner" factions from the area, agreed upon by Turkey and Russian Federation.

He said rebel forces have started withdrawing their heavy weaponryback from the demilitarized zone a day earlier after Turkish troops reinforced the area to monitor violations.

The Turkey-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) rebel alliance said it had pulled out all heavy arms by Monday, and the Observatory said jihadists quietly followed suit.

According to the filed control map, the borders of the buffer zone on the eastern side of Idlib reach the borders of Atarib, Darat Izza, Saraqib and Maraat al-Nu'man. "Heavy weapons were mostly in back posts in our bases".

With five days to go, HTS and other extremist fighters remained inside the planned buffer area and showed no sign of leaving. "The harder point is withdrawing forces from the area".

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A local source close to HTS said Ankara's actions demonstrated that neither Turkey, Russia, nor fellow regime ally Iran plan to break the deal.

The syrian foreign minister Walid Mouallem has said to him confident in the ability of Turkey to fulfill its part of the agreement "because of his knowledge of the factions" the insurgent.

Idlib is the only large region in Syria which remains under the control of illegal armed groups. It considers that "Turkey will allow her to continue to operate in the north-western syrian as it will be low profile".

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have retaken large parts of Syria from opposition fighters and jihadists since Russian Federation intervened in September 2015.

More than 360,000 people have been killed since the civil war erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

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