Averting Disaster in Syria’s Idlib Province

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An imminent military showdown in Idlib with disastrous human costs can be avoided only if Turkey strikes a deal between Russia, on one hand, and militants, on the other, and deploys its forces along the front lines to deter an escalation.

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  • What happened?

The de-escalation zone in north-western Syria is on the brink of collapse.

Boosted by Russian air support, Syrian regime troops are advancing toward the Idlib region.

Elo 6fAmid obstruction by the Syrian regime and Iran-backed militias, Turkish troops took up positions near the front lines in early February.

  • Why did it happen?

The area is controlled by the…

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