Turkish negotiators iron out problems ahead of 10 October cut-off date
With the clock ticking on a deadline to spare Idlib from a regime attack, Syria’s last rebel stronghold is eerily calm. As violence subsides and the opposition tentatively embraces a ceasefire deal, locals and negotiators alike are hopeful that the agreement will hold – marking a diplomatic breakthrough at a late stage of the war.
It is still unclear whether rebel fighters are withdrawing tanks and artillery from the 15-20 km buffer zone between opposition and regime forces ahead of the 10 October cut-off. Even so, many in Idlib believe that in the eleventh hour of the Syrian conflict, Turkey has come to the rebels’ rescue, and will not abandon them now.
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