Syrian government forces killed 22 rebels near Idlib province on Friday, the deadliest clash to rock a buffer zone where a Russian-Turkish truce is to be enforced.
Russia on Sept. 28 warned it will not allow jihadists in Syria to be sent to Afghanistan or elsewhere under a deal reached with Turkey that averted a large-scale military assault on rebel-held Idlib province.
U.S. President Donald Trump has thanked Russia, Iran and Syria for slowing down their offensive targeting Idlib province, while also thanking Turkey for helping to negotiate restraint.
Turkish presidential spokesperson on Sept. 14 said it is everyone's common belief that there must be a political and not military solution in Syria's northwestern Idlib province.
Turkey's Foreign Minister said early Sept. 14 that Washington should reconsider its alliances in Syria as the Assad regime prepares to launch a bloody offensive on northwestern Idlib province.
Violence in northwest Syria has displaced more than 38,500 people in less than two weeks amid increasing hostilities and a looming regime assault on the opposition-held Idlib province, the United Nations said on Sept. 13.