Turkey cooperates with Russia in military operation in Syria's Idlib
ANKARA, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Turkey is cooperating with Russia during its military operation in Syria's northern Idlib province, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Sunday.
"We will ensure safety in Idlib, and will cooperate with Russia," Yildirim said at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in central Afyonkarahisar province.
Earlier in the day, Turkish howitzers on the border fired around five shots in support of allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters who had entered Idlib, which is largely controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a former al-Qaida affiliate that changed its name last year from the Nusra Front.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday announced that a "serious operation" had begun in Idlib, but currently carried out only by the FSA, with Turkey's help inside its border and aerial support from Russia.