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January 13, 2018 10:00 am

Syrian State Media Claims Turkey Aiding Rebel Counterattack in Idlib

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A Turkish military armored vehicle guards on the border line located opposite the Syrian Atimah, Idlib province in Reyhanli, Hatay province, Turkey. Photo: Reuters / Osman Orsal.

Syrian state media on Friday cited field commanders as saying Turkey helped anti-government rebels launch a counterattack against the Syrian army and its allies in the northwest this week, underlining recent regional tensions over the fighting.

“Field commanders confirmed to the SANA correspondent that terrorists from the Turkistan Islamic Party with the direct support, direction and planning of the Turkish regime, brought most of their forces… to start their attack,” said SANA, the state news agency.

It added that the rebels had used Turkish vehicles. There was no immediate Turkish reaction to the allegations.

Turkey has been a major backer of Syrian rebels, but has recently been working with Damascus’s allies Iran and Russia in meetings with the stated aim of reducing violence.

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Rebel groups launched a counter attack in Idlib on Wednesday after a rapid push by the army and its allies towards the Abu al-Duhur airbase.

A military media unit run by the Assad regime’s Lebanese ally Hezbollah, and a Britain-based war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Friday the army had recaptured several villages taken in the rebel counterattack.

Turkey has criticized the army’s assault in Idlib, located in northwest Syria in the rebels’ biggest remaining stronghold, saying on Friday it would cause a new wave of migration. Idlib borders Turkey.

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  • John Doe

    Everything erdolph does in turkey is to hide his crimes against the turkish people. He controls the police, military, judicial, administration as well as the media. He censores the internet andbarrests all who oppose him. If you didnt know erdolph was the people/arms/money smuggler for daesh, you’ve been under a rock or under erdolph rule. The arab states supplied the money, those Azerbaijani planes loaded with arms that no one knows where they went, was the supply chain. He’s the MB’s best buddy. The next time it will be a real coup by the people.

  • Hillel

    Erdogan and his boyfriend Obama supplied and provided for ISIS. That failed, so now for plan B. Erdogan is muslim brotherhood and wants to reestablish the caliphate lost after WWI.

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