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Deadline passes for Syria's Idlib buffer without jihadists leaving

Deadline passes for Syria's Idlib buffer without jihadists leavingA deadline passed Monday without jihadists leaving a planned buffer zone around Syria’s last major rebel bastion of Idlib as set out under a Russian-Turkish deal. The radical fighters were supposed to withdraw from the buffer as a final condition to implementing a Russian-Turkish deal to stave off a regime offensive on the northwestern region of Idlib. Just hours before the cut-off time, Idlib’s dominant jihadist group vowed to continue to fight but did not give a clear position on the deal reached in the Russia resort of Sochi.



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Turkey says heavy arms pullout completed in Syria's Idlib

Turkey says heavy arms pullout completed in Syria's IdlibTurkey on Wednesday said a planned buffer zone in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib has been cleared of heavy weapons as part of a deal reached between Moscow and Ankara. “The pullout of heavy weapons from the de-militarised zone was completed on October 10,” the Turkish defence ministry said in a statement. Regime ally Russia and rebel supporter Turkey announced an agreement on September 17 to create a demilitarised buffer zone ringing the Idlib region, home to three million people.



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Syria's government and opposition welcome Idlib deal

Syria's government and opposition welcome Idlib dealBEIRUT (AP) — Both Syria's government and its opposition welcomed the Turkey-Russia deal declaring a de-militarized zone around the major rebel stronghold Idlib, saying Tuesday the agreement stemmed more bloodshed.



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Iran vows to protect civilians in Syria's Idlib province

Iran vows to protect civilians in Syria's Idlib provinceIran said Monday it is committed to protecting civilians if its Syrian regime ally launches a full-scale offensive on the country’s last rebel stronghold of Idlib province. “The humanitarian issue is of significant importance to us,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told journalists in Tehran. Tehran is a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s seven-year conflict, and has said it is ready to support an assault by regime forces on the rebel-held province.



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Putin and Erdogan to hold talks on Syria's rebel-held Idlib

Putin and Erdogan to hold talks on Syria's rebel-held IdlibRussian President Vladimir Putin was set to meet Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday as international concern mounts over an expected Syrian government assault on the rebel-held province of Idlib. The leaders of the two countries that are on opposite sides of the conflict but key global allies will discuss the situation in Idlib at Putin’s residence in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, the Kremlin said. “The situation with Idlib is acute,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti news agency on Monday ahead of the talks.



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Defying dangers, Idlib residents protest Syria's Assad

Defying dangers, Idlib residents protest Syria's AssadBEIRUT (AP) — In cities and towns across Syria's last opposition-held province, Idlib, residents poured into the streets on Friday to demonstrate against President Bashar Assad's government in defiance of an expected offensive to retake the territory.



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Turkey reinforces military in Syria's Idlib after ceasefire call fails

Turkey reinforces military in Syria's Idlib after ceasefire call failsPresident Tayyip Erdogan has warned that an assault by the army and its Russian and Iran-backed allies on Idlib, home to around 3 million people, will uproot hundreds of thousands in one of Syria’s last rebel strongholds. Already hosting 3.5 million Syrians – the world’s biggest refugee population – Turkey says it cannot absorb more victims of the war and has accused the West of abandoning it to face the consequences of President Bashar al-Assad’s reconquest of Syria. At a meeting in Tehran on Friday with the presidents of Russia and Iran, seen as the last realistic chance to avert all-out conflict in the insurgent-held region, Erdogan failed to win a pledge of ceasefire from Assad’s two main backers.



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38,500 flee hostilities in Syria's Idlib in two weeks: UN

38,500 flee hostilities in Syria's Idlib in two weeks: UNViolence in northwest Syria has displaced more than 38,500 people in less than two weeks amid increasing hostilities and a looming regime assault on the opposition-held Idlib province, the UN said Thursday. The UN, which has warned a full-fledged assault on Idlib could create the century’s “worst humanitarian catastrophe”, has created a plan to help up to 900,000 people who could flee the onslaught. During the first 12 days of September, “available information indicates that a sharp increase in hostilities and fears of further escalation has led to the displacement of over 38,500 people,” the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) said.



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UN commission calls on rebels to leave cities in Syria's Idlib

UN commission calls on rebels to leave cities in Syria's IdlibA UN commission called on rebel groups in Syria’s Idlib province to leave urban areas to protect civilians from any looming regime assault.



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Iran seeks to avert disaster in Syria's Idlib: Iranian senior official

Iran seeks to avert disaster in Syria's Idlib: Iranian senior officialIran shares the United Nations’ concern about a potential humanitarian catastrophe in Syria’s Idlib province and will seek to avert it, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, special assistant to Iran’s foreign minister, told reporters on Tuesday. Iran and Russia are President Bashar al-Assad’s main backers in Syria’s seven-year-old civil war.



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