No jihadists leave Idlib buffer zone as deadline passes
A deadline has passed without jihadists leaving a planned buffer zone around Syria’s last major rebel bastion of Idlib. Just hours before the cut-off time, Idlib’s dominant jihadist group vowed to continue to fight. The group didn’t give a clear position on the Russian-Turkish deal, which requires radical fighters to leave the region by Monday. Moscow and Istanbul brokered the plan to set up a demilitarized zone between the Syrian army and the rebels. The move aims to lessen risks of a humanitarian disaster affecting 3 million people in Idlib.