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    Rebel fighters fire a heavy machine gun during clashes with Syrian pro-government forces on the frontline facing Deir al-Zoghb, a government-held area in the northwestern Idlib province, on August 31, 2015

    Syrian Opposition Completes Withdrawal of Heavy Weaponry in Idlib – Reports

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    ANKARA (Sputnik) - The Syrian armed opposition has completed the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the contact line in Syria's Idlib, Turkish media reported on Monday.

    According to the Anadolu news agency, the withdrawal of weaponry has been carried out within the framework of the Russian-Turkish agreement on Idlib.

    READ MORE: Idlib De-Escalation Zone Helped Avoid Lots of Casualties — Russian Deputy FM

    On September 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in the Russian resort city of Sochi and signed an agreement on setting up a 9-12 mile demilitarized zone in Idlib along the contact line of the armed opposition and the government forces by October 15.

    The agreement was aimed at prevention of the possible offensive of the Syrian government's troops in the province of Idlib, which remains the last stronghold of the insurgency.

    The province of Idlib is the remaining hotspot of militant insurgency in Syria, with the remainder of the country under the regained control of government forces.

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