The assault on Idlib has been prevented, for now. The only way to prevent a future offensive, though, will be to get the US, Turkey and NATO on a united track.
Idlib province and adjacent rural areas form the largest piece of territory still held by Syria's beleaguered opposition and rebels, worn down by a succession of regime victories in recent months.
Idlib is home to some three million people — around half of them displaced from other parts of the country — and UN says an attack on the region could result in the worst humanitarian catastrophe with the biggest loss of life in the 21st century.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif travelled to Damascus for talks with officials and is scheduled to meet Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad and Prime Minister Imad Khamis.
The World Health Organization says nearly half of Idlib's three million people rely on food aid. The UN says 1.4 million of them have already been displaced at least once by repeated regime offensives.
A string of powerful blasts from the direction of a military airport in Damascus lit up the skies and shook the capital city in the early hours of the morning, residents and regime TV reported.
At least one civilian was reportedly killed and 25 others were injured in a car-bomb attack in Syria’s northern Azaz city on Saturday.
Syria's scorching heat is making it tough for more than two million displaced people to keep cool in the northwestern province of Idlib.
The Syrian regime and the US-backed YPG group appeared as enemies while avoiding conflicts during the country's civil war. Now both sides are holding talks that could lead to a partnership against Turkey-backed opposition groups in the north.
Representatives of the PKK-linked YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces are holding talks with the Syrian regime in Damascus this week, to ostensibly discuss the political and military situation in SDF-controlled areas.
Multiple attacks by Daesh terror group killed over 220 people in Sweida and villages northeast of the Syrian city on Wednesday.
More than 100 buses arrived on Wednesday to transport residents and fighters overnight from the villages to nearby government-held territory in Aleppo province.
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