A Russian soldiers places the national flag at the Abu Duhur crossing on the eastern edge of Idlib province on September 25, 2018. AFP / George OURFALIAN
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A Syrian rebel group said Sunday that it would not pull back its fighters from front-line positions in the contested northwestern province of Idlib, where Russia and Turkey recently agreed to set up a demilitarized zone to avert an all-out offensive by Syrian regime forces. Failaq al-Sham, one of the main Turkey-backed factions in northern Syria, also said that one of the conditions of the Russia-Turkey deal for rebel groups to withdraw heavy weapons from the zone is meaningless since it has no such weapons there. Another rebel-group, Jaish al-Izza, Saturday also expressed reservations about the deal that averted a government offensive on Idlib province, the last major stronghold of the Syrian opposition.The group said that Turkey should ensure the Idlib deal does not end up like last year's de-escalation zones in central and southern Syria, where rebel-held areas were later simply taken over by government forces.
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