As IS fight nears end, violence flares on other Syrian front

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2018 file photo, a fighter of Syrian opposition stands at a checkpoint in northwestern city of Idlib, Syria. Waves of violence...
In this Oct. 11, 2015 file photo, Syrian soldiers fire repelling an attack in Achan, Hama province, Syria. Waves of violence in northwestern Syria has...
FILE -- In this Sept. 14, 2018 file photo, protesters attend a demonstration against the Syrian government's expected offensive to Idlib, in the north...
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2018 file photo, fighters with the Free Syrian army exit a cave where they live, on the outskirts of the northern town of Jisr...
FILE - This undated file photo released by a militant group in 2016, shows Abu Mohammed al-Golani of the militant Levant Liberation Committee and the ...

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2018 file photo, a fighter of Syrian opposition stands at a checkpoint in northwestern city of Idlib, Syria. Waves of violence...

In this Oct. 11, 2015 file photo, Syrian soldiers fire repelling an attack in Achan, Hama province, Syria. Waves of violence in northwestern Syria has...

FILE -- In this Sept. 14, 2018 file photo, protesters attend a demonstration against the Syrian government's expected offensive to Idlib, in the north...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2018 file photo, fighters with the Free Syrian army exit a cave where they live, on the outskirts of the northern town of Jisr...

FILE - This undated file photo released by a militant group in 2016, shows Abu Mohammed al-Golani of the militant Levant Liberation Committee and the ...

BEIRUT (AP) — Violence in northwestern Syria has killed dozens over the past three weeks and displaced tens of thousands, raising concerns a truce reached six months ago between Turkey and Russia is in danger.

The violence in Idlib comes as the world is focused on eastern Syria, where U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters are on the verge of defeating the Islamic State group in the last area they control.

Idlib has been in the hands of opposition forces for years, even as Syrian President Bashar Assad's military retook other rebel enclaves, one after the other.

The province is now home to some 3 million people, many of them displaced from other former opposition territory. Earlier this year, al-Qaida-linked militants took over the province, squeezing out most other factions after clashes with Turkey-backed opposition fighters.