SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 29, 2018: PUTIN SAYS IDLIB OFFENSIVE IS STILL OPTION IF TERRORIST THREAT REMAINS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 29, 2018: PUTIN SAYS IDLIB OFFENSIVE IS STILL OPTION IF TERRORIST THREAT REMAINS

On October 27th, the leaders of Turkey, France, Germany and Russia met in Istanbul to take part in a summit on the conflict in Syria. The sides discussed the situation in the war-torn country and declared their commitment to a political solution of the crisis. However, the only practical step agreed during the summit was the decision to move towards the establishment of the Syrian constitution committee by the end of the year.

During a briefing after the 4-way summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Syrians need to decide their country’s future themselves and that the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not on the agenda. Putin also revealed that 50 UAVs launched by militants were downed near the Russian military base in Khmeimim.

Furthermore, Putin said that Russia reserves its right to help eradicate terrorists in Idlib, should they continue with provocations and block establishment of a demilitarized zone there. The President noted that he had informed his “colleagues” about the situation and that artillery strikes on some targets had already been carried out.

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Jaysh al-Izza and Horas al-Din are the core of the groups, who are constantly violating the demilitarization agreement by shelling government targets in Aleppo, Lattakia, Hama and Idlib. On October 27th, Zubair al-Turkmani, a military commander of HTS in the Aleppo countryside, confirmed that the militants had shelled Syrian Arab Army troops near the town of Khan Tuman.

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