Turkey classified "Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham " mercenaries as a "terrorist organization"

Turkey announced by a decree issued by the Turkish presidency and published on Friday in which it classified "Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham " mercenaries which was supported by Turkey during the past years as a "terrorist organization" as Damascus prepared for a military attack on Idlib in northwest Syria.

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The decree, published in the official newspaper, coincides with a UN resolution in June which added "Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham " mercenaries in the list of individuals and organizations whose assets will be frozen due to links to al-Qaida and IS.

This comes before an expected attack by the Syrian army, backed by Russia, in the northwestern province of Idlib, where some three million people live on the border with Turkey.

"Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham " mercenaries, which changed its name from Jabhat al-Nasra, linked to al-Qaeda is the strongest alliance of jihadists in Idlib, the last large area controlled by the opposition and outside the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia said on Friday that "the Syrian government has the right to expel terrorists from Idlib," adding that talks were under way to establish humanitarian corridors there.

Observers believe that Turkey has been unable to convince its mercenaries from "Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham " mercenaries to dissolve themselves or join other opposition gangs, so it has only left a declaration of its mercenaries which has received all kinds of support from Turkey since the start of the Syrian crisis, as a "terrorist organization," which expects that Turkey may also participate alongside Russia and the Syrian regime this time against their friends which gathered them in Idlib.

The source :Reuters

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