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Turkish forces set up positions in Syria's Idlib

BEIRUT – Turkish forces that entered Syria's Idlib province late on Thursday have started setting up observation positions that appear aimed at containing a Kurdish militia, a senior rebel involved in the operation said early on Friday.

 

"The allied Turkish armed forces have entered Syrian territory and begun setting up observation posts," said Mustafa Sejari, an official in a Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group.

 

Turkey sent a convoy of about 30 military vehicles into rebel-held northwest Syria through the Bab al-Hawa crossing in Idlib, rebels and a witness said.

 

President Tayyep Erdogan announced the deployment on Saturday, saying Turkey was conducting a "serious operation" with rebel groups it supports, as part of a "de-escalation" deal it agreed last month with Iran and Russia in Kazakhstan.