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Talk 'to reduced tension in İdlib'

TURKISH Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterpart discussed ways to reduce tension in Syria's Idlib province, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, after the biggest military escalation in north-west Syria in nearly a year.

Talk 'to reduced tension in İdlib'

Russia has backed the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has backed some rebels in Syria's eight-year civil war, but they have recently worked together to try to contain fighting in the country's northwest. That effort has been strained by the surge in violence in Syria's last major insurgent stronghold in recent weeks.

The offensive by the Syrian army and its allies, backed by Russia, has uprooted more than 150,000 people, the United Nations says, while rescue workers and civil defence officials say more than 120 civilians have been killed.

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