Turkey backs Syrian rebels for "serious operation" in Idlib

Where's Idlib? What area is it

"We won't allow a terror corridor along our Syrian border", he stressed, adding that the operation aims to provide Idlib's security.

Turkish forces not yet involved and the campaign is being carried out by Turkish-backed Free Syria Army rebels, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.

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The US maintains that the group is still linked to al Qaeda, however.

Erdogan said Turkey would not desert civilians in Idlib and would not allow a "terror corridor" in northern Syria.

Erdogan said the operation, which has not yet seen Turkish troops cross the border into Syria, was being conducted in coordination with Russian Federation.

"Interactions with the [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] regime is a process that Russian Federation is conducting, as far as Turkey is concerned, we are taking measures and we will continue to take measures in other matters", Erdogan said, though there has been no reaction from Damascus yet concerning the launch of the Turkish new military campaign in Syria.

A rebel commander participating in the operation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP news agency in Lebanon's capital, Beirut, that "all the rebel groups" who took part in Euphrates Shield are participating in the latest operation.

In July Tahrir al-Sham seized land around the Bab al-Hawa border crossing between Syria and Turkey, bringing much of the frontier area inside Syrian under its control.

Turkish forces are preparing to enter Idlib province to support rebel forces opposing both the Syrian regime and insurgents, the Anadolu Agency reported.

"Are they going to hand over their weapons - we don't think this is going to be the case - or are they going to fight against the FSA and the Turkish army in the near future?" said Ahelbarra. It said the operation was yet to formally begin.

Asked how far Turkey might go in deploying troops inside Syria, Erdogan declined to give details.

It has been a formidable military force since early in the war, when it transitioned from bomb attacks in cities to guerrilla conflict with the Syrian army, fighting alongside many other factions.

Two waves of air strikes on Idlib killed at least 13 civilians over the past 24 hours, a Britain-based monitoring group said on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory in the last week has repeatedly accused Syria and Russian Federation of carrying out deadly air strikes in Idlib province with heavy civilian losses.

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