Ankara and Damascus appear to be heading towards a military confrontation as Russia, the main backer of the Assad regime, fails to stick to its word on Idlib.
Assad’s recent attacks escalated tensions between Turkey and the Syrian regime, forcing Ankara to rely on the military option.
Tensions are rife in Idlib, the last bastion of Syrian opposition, as the Syrian regime initiates clashes with Turkish troops, putting a heavy strain on ties between Moscow and Ankara.
In the last four months, the regime’s offensive has already killed at least 700 people and many more lives are at risk, according to experts.
Experts say the Syrian regime wants to turn Idlib province, the last stronghold of Syrian opposition, into a killing field but Turkish forces are in its way.
With the Syrian regime renewing its attacks on rebel-held Idlib province, the fear of another refugee influx looms large. To overcome the impending crisis, Ankara aims to create a secure zone where the internally displaced can be housed.
A war monitor says Russia resumed air strikes on the opposition and rebel-held Syrian province on Tuesday. The apparent attack came just hours after US President Donald Trump warned against reckless actions by Assad and his allies in the region.
The Syrian regime is gearing up for an expected offensive in Idlib province, which is home to nearly 3 million people and has a large al Qaida presence in addition to opposition and rebel groups.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the car bomb killed at least three and wounded 15 others near Ahrar al Sham headquarters. Tensions between two major rebel groups, Ahrar al Sham and Hayat Tahrir al Sham are on the rise in Idlib.
Opposition forces in Idlib call on fighters to restart the battle against the Assad regime after a chemical attack kills dozens in northwestern Syria.
Jet strikes blamed on the Syrian regime hit the opposition-held cities, killing more than 40 people and wounding 90, hours after the US and Russia announced a deal intended to bring a ceasefire in the war-torn country.
French Foreign Ministry spokesman says state is ‘alarmed' by Syrian regime air strikes which have killed dozens of civilians
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