Turkey works to secure its future relevance in Syria

Source:al Monitor Date:24Feb2018

What does Turkey want in Idlib? While the Turkish news media is breathlessly reporting every minor detail of the military’s offensive in Syria, Turkey is quietly taking major steps to erect another military observation outpost east of Idlib. The effort is part of the de-escalation negotiated last year in Astana, Kazakhstan, in which Turkey, Russia and Iran decided to impose and supervise a cease-fire to enable delivery of humanitarian assistance and allow displaced people to return to their homes.

Turkey plans to join al Bab to Idlib to increase pressure on Assad, reports Kadri Gursel of Cumhuriyet (in Turkish).