Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed on crucial issues including the PKK terror group's Syrian wing, YPG's, presence in the northeastern part of the country, where Ankara plans to launch a military operation soon.
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.
Turkey, Russia and Iran have agreed to form a joint front against any “separatist agendas”, signaling a growing hostility towards YPG rule in northeastern Syria following the US pull-out.
The high-profile meeting between Turkey, Russia and Iran will be dominated by issues ranging from the recent HTS gains to the emergence of conflicting safe zones in northern Syria.
US foreign policy decisions on the Syrian conflict have faltered since the beginning of the civil war. Deep divisions in the US policymaking circles show the US does not have an endgame in Syria.
Turkey, Russia, France and Germany will meet in Istanbul to find a political solution to the Syrian war. Yet this has been preceded by many failures.
The Syrian conflict has become a platform for Russia to demonstrate its new assertiveness across the Middle East. Moscow has also used the Syrian war to advertise its new weapon technology to the world’s arms market, experts say.
Washington's embassy move to Jerusalem and withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal is helping Russia and Iran generate more leverage across the conflict-ridden region.
The allegation that a nerve agent leaked from a warehouse controlled by rebels in the Syrian province of Idlib has been dismissed by experts in the industry.
Chances of reaching a political solution for the six-year war at the ongoing Geneva talks appear slim, as opposition and regime delegates struggle over the agenda and the United States' saying it no longer wants Bashar al Assad to step down.
The Netflix film 'The White Helmets,' about Syria's volunteer rescue group, won the Oscar for best short documentary. TRT World chats with 23-year-old filmmaker Fadi Khateib about what it means for Syria, and the challenges of filming in a war zone.
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