There are no known plans by the Kurdish forces to take on al-Qaida-linked militants in Idlib. "He is a famous commander, and his militant group is allied with the militants of the Al-Nusra front but only in their fight against the regime", he said.  US (2017). Turkey backs Syrian rebels for "serious operation" in Idlib.
Sofge said some 2,000 IS fighters were still in the area.
The military buildup has gained impetus since the three countries agreed to establish a combat-free zone in the Syrian province of Idlib - largely controlled by former al-Qaeda militants - and to monitor any violations by opposition groups or forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
He pointed out to the presence of serious action now taking place in Idlib to achieve security.
"Today in Idlib there is a serious operation underway, and it will continue", Erdogan said during an address to his party in Afyonkarahisar.
Activists also said around 1,500 FSA fighters reached the Turkish city of Antioch which is near the Syrian cities of Salqin and Harem in the northwestern countryside of Idlib.
Back in May, the fourth round of the intra-Syrian talks, held in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, resulted in an agreement on creating four de-escalation zones across Syria, with Russia, Iran, and Turkey serving as guarantor states.
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Erdogan said Turkey would not desert civilians in Idlib and would not allow a "terror corridor" in northern Syria.
Turkey boosted its military presence along its border with Syria after agreeing with Russian Federation and Iran to work towards a cease-fire in the region.
Security in Idlib will be provided by Turkey with Russia, Erdogan said Saturday, without elaborating further.
Deploying Russian and Iranian observers could potentially be a controversial issue, considering that the Syrian opposition, backed by Turkey, views the two countries as enemies due to their support for the Syrian government.
Turkey's NTV, a private television station, reported an exchange of fire at the border area, quoting "military sources". It said the operation was yet to formally begin.
Media reports have pointed to a heavy deployment of military hardware and personnel by the Turkish army to its southern border area in recent weeks.
Asked whether the Idlib operation would be similar to Euphrates Shield, Erdogan replied: "When you enter the boxing ring you don't count your punches".