Syrian army takes Idlib crossroads town despite Turkish warnings

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  • Syrian government forces have taken control of dozens of villages in the northwest of the country as they continue their campaign to seize the last rebel stronghold of Idlib.

    But Turkey says it will not stand for this and has sent more troops to the region as the fighting has sent hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing to northwards.

    Turkey has given Syria’s government until the end of this month to pull its military back.

    Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra has more from Istanbul.

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    “Hashem Ahelbarra is a roving Middle East correspondent for Al Jazeera English. He regularly reports from Afghanistan, Yemen and across the Gulf region. Hashem has covered many of the biggest international news stories in recent years and secured exclusive interviews with many of the major names in world news, including late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and former Liberian president Charles Taylor.” – Al Jazeera

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