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    Turkey Sets Up 9th Observation Post in Syria's Idlib - General Staff

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    ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish troops have established the ninth observation post to control the de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlib, the Turkish General Staff said on Saturday.

    "The ninth observation post has been set up in Idlib," the Turkish General Staff said in a tweet.

    According to the Anadolu news agency, a military convoy of 100 vehicles crossed the Turkish-Syrian border on Saturday morning and reached the post, which is located in the Morek region in 88 kilometers (54.6 miles) from the border. The Syrian government forces and Iran-supported militias are deployed just in three kilometers from the new observation post.

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    In general, Turkey seeks to gradually establish 12 observation posts from Idlib's north to south.

    There are currently four agreed de-escalation zones in Syria, which has been engulfed in a civil war since 2011: the first in Idlib and parts of neighboring Latakia, Hama, and Aleppo provinces; the second in the north of the central Homs province; the third in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus; and the fourth in certain parts of the country's southern Daraa and Quneitra provinces.

    ​The agreement on the establishment of de-escalation zones has been reached by the Syrian ceasefire guarantor states — Iran, Russian and Turkey — as part of the Astana peace process for Syria.

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