When Syrians took to the streets on March 15, 2011, they could scarcely have imagined their anti-regime protests would turn into a complex war entangling rebels, terrorists and outside forces.
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Some hoping to reunite with their relatives, some dreaming of well-paying jobs, each Syrian refugee TRT World spoke with at the Turkish-Greek border has a reason to take refuge in Europe.
If the West and NATO continue on the path they have chosen, it will allow Vladimir Putin to reshape the post-Soviet world order in his image.
UN seeks creation of humanitarian corridors in northwestern Syria, expressing horror at regime offensive there, while Ankara-Moscow talks on Idlib crisis end without a breakthrough.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Russian and regime strikes hit two hospitals in two different towns in northeastern Syria and they were both closed due to the heavy damage.
Russia-backed Syrian regime onslaught in Idlib province has reached a "horrifying new level," says Mark Lowcock, UN head of relief affairs, adding babies are dying of cold because aid camps are full.
Regime forces backed by Russia, and Iranian militias capture 13 villages and small towns in Aleppo province, a war monitor says. Separately, car blast targets civilians in northern Tal Abyad town.
The helicopter was hit directly while flying over the western Aleppo province, in a rural area that falls within the de-escalation zone of the neighbouring province of Idlib.
Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech in response to escalated tension in Idlib, there are a few likely scenarios to emerge.
In the Sochi deal, Turkey and Russia agreed to set up a demilitarised zone in Idlib, in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.
That Democratic Party candidates have failed to mention Syria or Bashar al Assad when talking foreign policy is a worrying sign that the US will continue its failed Syria policy.
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