Syrian regime has approved "a ceasefire in the de-escalation zone in Idlib starting from tonight" on the condition militants and rebels withdraw forces and weaponry from a buffer zone as per a September accord struck in the Russian city of Sochi.
The two NATO allies have flatly rejected Washington's proposal to establish an observer force to monitor after US withdrawal from northern Syria.
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.
Russian authorities say they struck a deal for a safe zone with opposition forces in Syria's Homs province.
Some Republican lawmakers have advocated the creation of such zones in the past especially to protect civilians fleeing the conflict against attacks by forces loyal to Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad.
Turkey has long sought "safe zones" in northern Syria for displaced refugees, but the US-led coalition against DAESH has not clarified its stance on Ankara's plan. Now, it seems Germany is ready to join Turkey in establishing "safe zone(s)".
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