Syrian rebel-fighters from the National Liberation Front (NLF) secure a tank, part of heavy weapons and equipment withdrawn yesterday from a planned buffer zone around Idlib in one of the group's rear positions in a rebel-held area in the southwestern Syrian province on October 9, 2018. The zone is stipulated in a deal by regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey to set up a U-shaped buffer zone around Syria's opposition stronghold of Idlib to avert a massive government assault on the area, which would put several million people at risk. The  horseshoe-shaped buffer will separate opposition and government forces and is meant to be free of both heavy weapons and jihadists by October 15.  / AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
Syrian rebel-fighters in Idlib province, which is dominated by militant groups. AFP

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