Russia, Turkey agree borders of demilitarized zone in Idlib, Syria - Lavrov

Hayat Tahrir al Sham are seen outside the villages of al Foua and Kefraya Syria

Huras al-Din armed group rejects demilitarisation deal for Syria's Idlib

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Ankara and Moscow announced an agreement on Monday under which Russian and Turkish troops will enforce a new demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib region.

Tahrir al-Sham's stance will be critical to last week's deal which has, for now, averted a full-scale Syrian government offensive in Idlib, which along with adjacent areas of the northwest is the rebels' last major foothold.

It further said that a number of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists have entered the village of Deir Balout in Jandaris region in Afrin under the Turkish intelligence forces' monitoring. He clarified that "soon" meant within a few days.

Tahrir al-Sham is a coalition of armed groups dominated by the faction formerly known as the al-Nusra Front, which was an official wing of the al-Qaeda network until 2016.

In a statement released late Saturday, the so-called National Liberation Front (NLF), an alliance of militant factions supported by Ankara, said it would cooperate with Turkey in Idlib, but ruled out disarming.

The demilitarised zone agreed by Turkey and Russian Federation will be 15 to 20 km (10 to 12 miles) deep and run along the contact line between rebel and government fighters.

The group is made up mostly of al-Qaida fighters that broke away from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Arabic for Levant Liberation Committee, the largest militant group in Idlib province. Turkey has since set up local systems of governance in the swathe of land under its control and protected by Turkish forces.

Putin has said that all opposition heavy weapons, mortars, tanks, rocket systems are to be removed from the demilitarised zone by October 10.

Erdogan has in the past warned of new military operations along its borders after its previous offensives in Syria.

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