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    Civilians walk in the rain past a damaged building in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria October 28, 2015

    Turkey Could Deploy Additional Troops to Idlib Under Deal With Russia - Ankara

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on September 17 to create a demilitarized zone along the contact line between the armed opposition and government troops in Idlib by October 15.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has spoken in favor of deploying additional troops to the Syrian city of Idlib.

    "We will have 12 observation points in Idlib. However, we need to send additional troops there," the minister said at a press conference in Ankara broadcasted by the NTV television channel.

    Russia and Turkey will carry out coordinated patrols, with drones also taking part, Cavusoglu said.

    "Terrorist groups will leave, heavy weapons will be withdrawn, civilians and moderate opposition with a small number of light weapons will remain. Turkey and Russia will jointly control this process. We will need to deploy additional military troops to Idlib," Cavusoglu told reporters.

    READ MORE: State Dep't Says Encouraged by Russia's, Turkey's Steps to Avoid Idlib Violence

    Before the talks, on September 14, Ankara reportedly sent reinforcement troops to Idlib province, increasing its presence in the country.

    Idlib is the last remaining stronghold of anti-government insurgents and al-Qaeda-linked terror groups in Syria.

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