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Opposition factions in Idlib prepare for imminent Syrian government offensive

After Turkey withdrew from observation posts within regime-controlled areas, Syria and Russia stepped up their attacks in Idlib, raising fears of an imminent battle.
Smoke rises during a reported air strike by Russian forces targetting the outskirts of the town of Al-Bara, in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province, on November 13, 2020. (Photo by Mohammed AL-RIFAI / AFP) (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-RIFAI/AFP via Getty Images)
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IDLIB, Syria — Russian airstrikes accompanied by Syrian regime-led bombardment have escalated in some areas of the northwest province of Idib since early November, despite the cease-fire agreement signed between Russia and Turkey in March.

The escalation coincided with Turkey's withdrawal from some of its observation posts in regime-controlled areas in Syria, while at the same time boosting its military presence by deploying several military convoys to different areas of Idlib.

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