Turkey Steps Up Arms to Syrian Rebels as Idlib Attack Looms

Turkey steps up arms supplies to rebels in Idlib: Report

Turkey steps up arms supplies to rebels in Idlib: Report

Opposition and rebels have held much of Idlib province since 2015 but a regime offensive captured chunks on the eastern flanks of the province a year ago before Turkey began deploying its observation points and halting the advances.

During a meeting with foreign ambassadors in Ankara on Wednesday, Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar warned that any military operation in Idlib would drag a region rife with problems to disaster.

Russia-backed forces of the Syrian regime have massed around the Idlib province in recent weeks, sparking fears of an imminent air and ground attack to retake the last major opposition bastion.

United Nations agencies and relief organisations have warned repeatedly that such an assault could spark one of the worst humanitarian disasters of Syria's seven-year war. "Turkey is working with Russia, Iran and other allies to establish peace and stability in Syria and to stop the humanitarian tragedy", Akar said.

Russian Federation and Iran are key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Turkey has also gathered forces on its own borders to deter Syrian civilians fleeing the fighting.

Turkey's Foreign Minister said early Friday that Washington should reconsider its alliances in Syria as the Assad regime prepares to launch a bloody offensive on northwestern Idlib province.

"We can not bring peace that way".

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