23 august 2019

End game looms for Turkey in Idlib

al-monitor.com

In the chess game in Idlib, which has seen both collaboration and rivalry between Turkey and Russia , Ankara was placed in check for the first time this week. The Syrian army and its allies captured Khan Sheikhoun , a key town in the rebel-held province, soon after they resumed their offensive on Idlib as Turkey reached a deal with the United States to jointly create a safe zone in Kurdish-held areas east of the Euphrates River.  The fall of Khan Sheikhoun marks a major debacle for the rebel [...]