What started as a series of protests turned into a genocide that the world is happy to ignore.
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.
Turkey announced in February it would no longer stop refugees and migrants from reaching Europe via land, while banning boat crossings as too dangerous, accusing the EU of failing to keep promises under the 2016 refugee deal.
First Turkish-Russian joint patrol on M4 highway in Idlib to be conducted on March 15, says Turkish defence minister.
Turkish, Russian delegations continue talks on ceasefire in Idlib, just south of Turkey's border, says defence minister.
"With the warming of the weather in the spring, the influx of irregular migrants heading to Europe will not be limited to Greece but spread all over the Mediterranean," Turkey's President Erdogan warns.
Defence Minister Hulusi Akar says "we are working to start a joint patrol [with Russia] along M-4 highway" of Idlib from March 15.
As refugees on the Greek-Turkish border continue to reel from decisions taken in far-away places their ordeal shows no sign of abating.
"We will come together in Istanbul next Tuesday" with German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron, Turkey's President Erdogan says, adding British PM Johnson could join as well.
On Saturday, Turkey's Defence Minister said the ceasefire was still holding, and no violations had taken place since the agreement came into effect on Thursday, March 5.
The fighting came to a halt soon after the two powers signed a ceasefire deal in Moscow, but what are its key takeaways?
Turkey's Operation Spring Shield shows that a just war can be waged with minimum civilian casualties.
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