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Turkey Summons Iranian, Russian Envoys over Attacks on Syria's Idlib

12 January 2018

A previous attempt in November to convene talks in Sochi failed due to disagreements between the prospective participants, in particular Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The "terrorist" attacks took place on Friday night causing "neither casualties nor material damage", the statement said.

The Russian military has admitted that it successfully repelled 13 armed drones that were aimed at its bases in Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's family belong to to Alawite branch of Islam, who mostly reside in Latakia province.

Russian and Syrian bombing runs have increased in Idlib in the last week, resulting in the deaths of many civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights.

As agreed in Astana talks by Turkey, Russia and Iran, Turkish military is now deployed in Idlib to set up observation posts and monitor the implementation of de-escalation zones.

The drone attack on the Russian assets in Syria also raised tensions between Russia and Turkey.

But while Turkey backs the opposition, Russian Federation and Iran support Syrian President Bashar Assad. "If you are guarantors, which you are, stop the regime", Cavusoglu said in an interview broadcast on Turkish TV channels.

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A Turkish government official says Turkey has summoned the ambassadors of Russian Federation and Iran to complain about recent Syrian government advances.

Turkey, which has been fiercely opposed to Assad, has recently been working with his alliesRussia and Iran for a political resolution to the conflict.

The U.S.is supporting a coalition of Kurdish and Arab forces in northern Syria and has said it has shifted its efforts to stabilization after IS was expelled from most of eastern Syria.

"This isn't a simple air strike, the regime is advancing into Idlib".

The Russian Defense Ministry established that that 13 drones used in attempted attacks on two Russian military facilities in Syria earlier, were launched from the area of the Muazar settlement located in the southwestern part of Idlib de-escalation zone.

"This was not a super sophisticated attack", Gorenburg said, adding that the rebels could have easily launched and targeted the bases themselves. The capital has been shelled on a near-daily basis in recent weeks. By the end of last week, they had advanced into Idlib, close to an insurgent-held military airport.

"Ten assault drones were approaching the Khmeimim air base, and another three - the CSS point in Tartus".

One of the main rebel forces in the northwestern province of Idlib is Hayat Tahrir al Sham, which is being led by members of former Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria known as Al Nusra Front.

Turkey Summons Iranian, Russian Envoys over Attacks on Syria's Idlib