Regime forces advance in Idlib, AKP's former leaders challenge Erdogan

With Russian support and Turkish repudiation, Syrian regime forces continue to advance in the area called “de-escalation” at the expense of mercenary groups, and have taken control of the town of al-Habit in the southern countryside of Idlib, while Erdogan's founding friends of the AKP have begun to take practical steps to form new parties that threaten Erdogan's throne.

The Arab press today touched on the situation in Syria, the Turkish situation and other topics.

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: The regime in advances in Idlib

Regarding the Syrian issue, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported on the progress of the regime forces in the area of "de-escalation".

Syrian regime forces, backed by Russian air cover, began to “dismember” Idlib province after seizing a strategic town in the northwest of the country.

Since the end of April, Idlib and parts of neighboring provinces have been subjected to almost daily bombardments by Syrian and Russian planes, in parallel with fierce battles that have centered in recent weeks in the northern countryside of Hama, adjacent to southern Idlib.

The «Syrian Observatory for Human Rights» yesterday, noted that the regime forces took control at dawn on Sunday, the town of Hbeit in the southern countryside of Idlib «after fierce battles» with factions and organizations. The takeover of the town, which has been under faction control since 2012, followed dozens of airstrikes by regime forces and Russia.

Alitihad: Former ruling AK Party leaders challenge Erdogan

Alitihad newspaper said, "The former allies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have begun to take concrete steps towards the formation of a new party, which experts describe as the real beginning of the end of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)." Ihsanoglu, a former leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), rallied supporters on Friday that "work has begun" to launch a new political party.

Davutoglu made the remarks regarding the new party during a speech in his home province of Konya, the Turkish left daily "Sozcu" reported.

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