Experts say the contact is symbolically important but wouldn’t change much on the ground as Turkey and Russia are still on opposite sides over Idlib.
Putin and Trump have agreed to pressure Iran for the sake of Israel's "security." Because of both countries' competing interests in Syria, analysts say this won't be easy.
The SDF was formed and backed by the US to drive Daesh out of northern Syria. However, the group has strived for permanent presence in the region. With Daesh virtually erased from Syria, the SDF militia looks instead towards regional autonomy.
After the latest operations on the last major urban strongholds held by Daesh, the group is now stuck in the desert. But analysts say that doesn't necessarily mean either the fall of Daesh, or an end to conflict in the Middle East.
The US alliance with the Syrian wing of the PKK terrorist organization in Syria will haunt it long after Daesh is ousted from Raqqa.
A new report by a UK-based think tank details the connection between the PKK and YPG. It also outlines its practices including crimes against humanity and establishing a funding infrastructure in Europe based on organised crime.
The US alliance with Russia over an amplified Kurdish political and military presence in the Middle East has alienated longtime NATO ally Turkey and top Turkish officials fear a new map is being "drawn."
Losing Aleppo is a major setback for the opposition. The bloody conflict has displaced millions over the last five years.
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