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Sep 17, 2018 | 17:51 GMT

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Syria: Turkey, Russia Announce Deal Over Idlib Province

What Happened: Turkey and Russia have announced an agreement to form a demilitarized buffer zone in Syria's Idlib province, the BBC reported Sept. 17. The agreement calls for a 15-25 kilometer (9-15 mile) buffer zone to be established by Oct. 15.

Why It Matters: The agreement defuses a growing crisis between Ankara and Moscow by preventing a major Russian-backed offensive from beginning in Idlib. However, significant obstacles remain that will ensure Idlib continues to be a major area of conflict.

Background: Russia is keen to weaken rebel forces in Idlib, but Turkey has consistently opposed a major offensive near its border.

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