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Opposition Advances in Aleppo, Ankara ‘Tackles Ideas’ with Tehran and Moscow | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Bombing of a school near Aleppo/ Reuters

Beirut, Ankara: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu ruled out on Friday the possibility of forming a Turkish-Iranian-Russian alliance to solve the Syrian crisis, but nevertheless he admitted that Ankara was exchanging some ideas with Moscow and Tehran concerning the conflict.

Cavusoglu said during a televised interview broadcasted Friday that Syria needed a political solution and called for a fourth round of talks.

He said: “Turkey does not share Russia and Iran’s vision regarding the creation of a transitional government in Syria, but at the same time, Ankara exchanges with them some ideas.”

At the field level, opposition forces continued advancing in Aleppo, where the operation rooms of Jaish al-Fatah had announced that rebels had controlled a strategic military school and confiscated weapons inside its warehouses.

Meanwhile, Abu Mohamad al-Jolani, leader of Fatah al-Sham (previously Al-Nusra Front) announced that the Aleppo battle would change the balance of power in the Syrian battlefield.

Currently, fighters from several Syrian opposition factions prepare to control the Ramousseh district, on the outskirts of southwest Aleppo. This development would enable them to open the way towards neighborhoods they already control, south and southeast of Aleppo and to simultaneously cut off the regime forces essential supplies route in the western neighborhoods of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, Italian news agency Aki said that according to conflicting reports, weapons coming from an unidentified source were transferred from the Hmeimim military base to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party.

Aki said: “Weapons coming from an unidentified source are transported from the Russian-controlled Hmeimim airport to areas controlled by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, almost on a daily basis.”

The Syrian armed opposition did not rule out the reports, placing them in the context of the “U.S.-Russian agreement” to support the Kurdish Party as an “armed axis parallel to the regime of Bashar Assad.”

However, a Kurdish official completely denied the reports, saying they were political accusations launched by regional and internal parties that do not want a political solution in Syria.