Why is Turkey alone in Idlib?
Source:Middle East Eye Date:29Jun2019
A fair review of the actors’ motivations in the multi-sided Idlib conflict. Turkey is under pressure, but will not withdraw its froces from the province.
Despite UN warnings about the potential for the worst humanitarian tragedy this century, the situation in Idlib has escalated – not only because of intensive air strikes by Russia and the Syrian regime, but also due to the reluctance of the international community to intervene.
Turkey is trying to prevent this potential humanitarian disaster, while simultaneously struggling with Moscow, Damascus and Tehran over their differing visions for the future of Idlib. As the Turkish-Russian de-escalation agreement is being violated, the Assad regime’s advances on the ground – backed by Russian airpower – will ultimately fuel a deep humanitarian and political crisis.