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Erdogan Says Turkey Won't Watch Idlib Killings on Sidelines

  • Turkey won’t ‘participate in game’ to strengthen Assad
  • Erdogan warns against Syrian attack on last rebel bastion
Smoke rises near Kafr Ain, Idlib province on Sept. 7
Smoke rises near Kafr Ain, Idlib province on Sept. 7Photographer: Anas Al-Dyab/AFP via Getty Images
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Turkey won’t watch the killings of tens of thousands of innocent people from the sidelines, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected his call for a cease-fire in Idlib, Syria’s last rebel stronghold.

Turkey won’t be part of a game to further the interests of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erdogan said. He had warned earlier of a looming “catastrophe” as the Damascus regime’s forces prepare to fight the last major battle of the seven-year civil war.