Syria Demands Turkey Withdraw Troops From Country's Northwest

Foreign Ministry describes military presence as 'flagrant aggression,' says violates international law

Turkish soldiers stand near armored vehicles during a demonstration in support of Turkey's Idlib operation near the border with Syria, Reyhanli, Turkey, October 10, 2017.

Syria demanded on Saturday that Turkish troops who had entered the country's northwestern territory leave immediately, saying their presence constituted a "flagrant aggression."

A Syrian Foreign Ministry statement carried on state media said the entry of Turkish military vehicles into rebel-held northwest Syria through the Bab al-Hawa crossing late on Thursday was a violation of international law. 

Turkey says it is operating alongside Syrian rebel groups to implement a deal reached last month with Russia and Iran in Kazakhstan to reduce fighting between insurgents.