Has Erdogan betrayed Syrian rebels by concluding Idlib deal with Putin?
Turkey may have betrayed Syrian rebels by accepting the demilitarization zone agreement with Russia.
According to pro-opposition media sources, officers from the Turkish intelligence met with leaders of rebel groups in Idlib to inform them about the details of the agreement and methods of implementation.
Leaked info reveals that the 20 km-deep demilitarization zone will be exclusively applied within the rebel-held territories, i.e. the insurgents will retreat from the concerned zone and withdraw all heavy military vehicles (such as tanks, BMPs, etc.), while the Syrian Army shall maintain its current positions.
Hence, the Syrian rebels forces will lose its positions in north Latakia, Jisr al-Shughur, al-Ghab Plains (including Shashabo Mountain), Kafr Nabudah and Hbit until the northern outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun and Tamanah, all the way to the outskirts of Marrat al-Numan, Saraqib and the southern and western countryside of Aleppo.
Hardline groups such as Nusra Front, Guardians of Religion Organization, and Turkistan Islamic Party shall be entirely evacuated from the demilitarization zone with all their weapons and military hardware.
In a related context, Aleppo-Hama, as well as Aleppo-Latakia highways will be re-opened again under the joint supervision of Russia and Turkey, with the former granted a full access to the demilitarization zone for inspection purposes.
Meanwhile, the FSA-affiliated Jaish Izza group officially rejected the agreement, vowing to prevent Russian and Turkish militaries from entering its territories in northern Hama, and calling for the demilitarization zone to be applied within the government-controlled areas as well.
Groups which refuse to abide with the agreement will face a military action by Turkish Army and its proxy factions.