Syrian forces will be driven back from Idlib posts this week – Erdogan

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan talks to phone as he addresses his ruling AK Party members in Istanbul, Turkey, February 15, 2020. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

Turkey plans to push Syrian government forces away from its military observation posts in northwest Syria’s Idlib region by end-February, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, despite advances by the Russian-backed government forces.

In a speech to AK Party lawmakers, Erdogan said he hoped the issue of using air space in northwest Syria’s Idlib will be resolved soon. Russia controls the air space and has been bombing Turkey-backed rebels on a daily basis in support of an offensive by the Syrian government forces.