At least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed and 32 wounded in the Syrian province of Idlib on 27 February in an escalating confrontation between Russian-backed Syrian forces on one side and Turkish forces and their Sunni militia allies on the other.… Read the rest
- On 22 February, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced plans for a four-country summit in Istanbul on 5 March to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Syrian governorate of Idlib
- Erdogan’s call for international negotiations represents a significant climbdown from his repeated threats earlier in the month for Damascus to voluntarily surrender all the territorial gains that it has made since the beginning of the month.
- The 3 February bloodshed between Turkey and government forces in Idlib province was the latest reminder of the ever-increasing precariousness of Ankara’s policies in Syria.
- Russia is likely to encourage Ankara and Damascus to refrain from further clashes, but more Turkish observation posts could be soon besieged if the regime offensive continues unabated.