Russia says militants, moderates still not separated in Syria’s Idlib

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Russia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday the process of separating radical militants from moderate opposition groups in the demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib region had not yet been successfully achieved.

Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the process, which was launched as part of a deal between Turkey and Russia in September, had not been successful despite efforts by Ankara.

Syrian government forces killed 22 rebels near Idlib on Nov. 9, and seven civilians inside Idlib on Oct. 26, despite the Russian-Turkish deal.

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