Saturday, Aug 18 2018 | Time 02:03 Hrs(IST)
image
  • In northeast Nigerian camp, 1 in 200 young children 'died over 2 weeks'
  • Kerala floods: 324 deaths reported in rain-related incidents since May 29, says CM Vijayan
  • Stocks edge higher as Turkey worries offset U S -China trade talks
  • Hopeful of top podium finish this time: Rani Rampal
World Share

Turkey starting "serious operation" in Idlib says Erdogan

Turkey starting "serious operation" in Idlib says Erdogan

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT, Oct 7 (Reuters) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday "a serious operation" was beginning in Syria's Idlib and a Syrian rebel official said his group was preparing to enter the area with the backing of Turkish forces. Idlib and surrounding areas of northwest Syria are among the largest bastions for rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but have increasingly fallen under the sway of jihadist insurgent factions. "Today there's a serious operation in Idlib and it will continue, because we have to extend a hand to our brothers in Idlib and to our brothers who arrived in Idlib," Erdogan said. "Now this step has been taken, and it is underway," he said, adding that Turkish forces were not yet involved at that it was a rebel operation so far. Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in the Euphrates Shield campaign that Ankara launched in northern Syria last year are ready to cross into northwest Syria from Turkey, Mustafa Sejari, a senior official in the Liwa al-Mutasem group said. "The Free Syrian Army with support from Turkish troops is in full readiness to enter the area but until this moment there is no movement," he said. Erdogan said last month that Turkey would deploy troops in Syria's northwest Idlib province as part of a so-called de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia in August. Another FSA rebel in the Euphrates Shield campaign told Reuters he believed an incursion into northwest Syria was imminent. The Hamza Brigade, also part of Euphrates Shield, posted video online of what it said was a convoy of its forces heading for Idlib. Residents near the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey in Syria sent Reuters photographs of what they said was a section of the frontier wall being removed by the Turkish authorities. REUTERS SDR 1517

More News
Imran Khan elected house leader, to be sworn in PM Saturday

Imran Khan elected house leader, to be sworn in PM Saturday

17 Aug 2018 | 7:23 PM

Islamabad, Aug 17 (UNI) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan was elected leader of the National Assembly on Friday.

 Sharesee more..
Nepal Foreign Minister to attend Vajpayee's funeral

Nepal Foreign Minister to attend Vajpayee's funeral

17 Aug 2018 | 5:14 PM

Kathmandu, Aug 17 (UNI) Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali on Friday left for New Delhi to attend the last rites of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

 Sharesee more..

US sets up Action Group to pressure Iran

17 Aug 2018 | 5:10 PM

Washington, Aug 17 (UNI) The United States has announced the creation of the Iran Action Group (IAG) to execute the administration's Iran strategy and pressure the country to "change" its behavior.

 Sharesee more..
B'desh Foreign Minister in New Delhi to attend Vajpayee’s funeral

B'desh Foreign Minister in New Delhi to attend Vajpayee’s funeral

17 Aug 2018 | 3:13 PM

Dhaka, Aug 17 (UNI) Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali reached New Delhi on Friday morning to attend the funeral of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

 Sharesee more..
Mt Everest: 18 Nepali women among 563 climbers

Mt Everest: 18 Nepali women among 563 climbers

17 Aug 2018 | 3:03 PM

Kathmandu, Aug 17 (UNI) At least 18 Nepali women climbers among 563 persons from 39 different countries successfully reached the summit of the world’s highest peak from Nepal side in the last spring season, according to the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation.

 Sharesee more..
image