Syrian rebel-fighter from the National Liberation Front (NLF) man a position at the frontline facing regime areas in the southern countryside of Aleppo on October 14, 2018.
/ AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
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Russia and Turkey said Tuesday their deal to set up a buffer zone for the last major Syrian rebel bastion of Idlib was still on course, despite militants missing a deadline to withdraw. The agreement, reached by key power brokers Moscow and Ankara last month, gave "radical fighters" until Monday to leave a horseshoe-shaped area around Idlib intended to separate government from opposition forces.Neither Turkey nor Russia seemed fazed by the apparent breach of the plan aimed at averting an assault by Moscow-backed Syrian regime troops.HTS, dominated by Al-Qaeda's former Syrian branch, has publicly pledged to continue fighting but has not taken an explicit stance on the Turkey-Russia deal.That came a day after Syria's top diplomat said it was too soon to say whether the deal had been fulfilled.Separately, Iran's aerospace chief told conservative news agency Fars Tuesday that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has carried out 700 drone strikes against Daesh (ISIS) forces in Syria.
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