Erdogan urges Syria to back off Turkish observation posts
ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Syria on Wednesday to withdraw its troops from its military observation posts in northwestern Idlib province where clashes have intensified in recent days.
“At the moment, two of our 12 observation posts are behind the regime’s lines. We hope the regime will withdraw from our observation posts before the end of the month of February,” he told a meeting of his ruling party in Ankara.
“If the regime does not pull back, Turkey will be obliged to take matters into its own hands.”
Eight Turkish troops and civilians were killed on Monday by regime fire in Idlib — the last opposition bastion in the conflict-torn country.
Turkey killed at least 13 Syrian government troops in response, according to monitors, in the deadliest clashes since Ankara sent troops to Syria in 2016. – AFP