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Russia, Turkey Idlib deal kicks in amid fears of collapse

Turkey and Russia appear to have succeeded in creating a demilitarized zone along the front lines of Syria's flashpoint Idlib region, but a breakdown of the truce could cause massive displacement and bloodshed

Reported by: AP [ Published on: October 14, 2018 12:15 IST ]
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BEIRUT (AP) — A month after Russia, Turkey and Iran came together in a last-ditch effort to avert a potentially catastrophic Syrian government offensive in Idlib, they appear to have succeeded in creating a buffer zone around the northern rebel-held province, defusing tensions in a major flashpoint region.

The deal has for now averted a government offensive on the last major opposition stronghold in Syria, where tens of thousands of militants, including foreign jihadis, live alongside 3 million civilians and opposition fighters. But if the truce falls apart, the fighting could cause massive displacement and bloodshed.

The Sept. 17 agreement called for setting up a demilitarized zone 15-20 kilometers (9-12 miles) deep and stretching along the front lines around Idlib, including parts of the provinces of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo.

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