ISTANBUL (HRNW) – Turkey on Thursday threatened to use force against “radicals” in Syria s Idlib province after Russia accused Ankara of failing to “neutralise” jihadist groups under a 2018 deal.
“Force will be used in Idlib against those who do not abide by the ceasefire, including the radicals,” Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying by the official Anadolu news agency.
“Any form of measure will be taken,” he said.
Idlib — the last opposition bastion in Syria — is held by an array of rebels dominated by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) jihadist group, which is led by members of the country s former Al-Qaeda franchise.
President Bashar al-Assad s forces have pressed ahead with an offensive in the region since December, killing more than 380 civilians, according to the monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.