Why’s Anyone Shocked That Putin Listened to Erdogan and ‘Stepped Aside’ in Idlib?

Why’s Anyone Shocked That Putin Listened to Erdogan and ‘Stepped Aside’ in Idlib?

All credible reports indicate that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) are giving the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) an unprecedented pounding after President Putin seemingly listened to President Erodgan’s request yesterday and “stepped aside” in Idlib so that the two neighboring countries can finally fight one another face-to-face, but nobody should be shocked by any of…

Erdogan Calls Kremlin to Bail Him From His Idlib Fiasco, Pitiless Putin Lines Up Behind His Military

Erdogan Calls Kremlin to Bail Him From His Idlib Fiasco, Pitiless Putin Lines Up Behind His Military

The Russian and Syrian general staffs and their men have been doing to the Turks what no one has achieved in the Middle East since 1917. So the Sultan has called the Tsar – three times this month so far; in January, once by telephone, twice in face-to-face meetings; and twice by telephone in December….

Turkish-Backed Militant Attack in Idlib was Doomed to Fail – Why Launch It?

Turkish-Backed Militant Attack in Idlib was Doomed to Fail – Why Launch It?

Fighters from the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group, backed by Turkish forces, carried out an attack against the Syrian Army that was doomed from the start. The main question now is, why? HTS units, backed by Turkish artillery, were able to overrun several Syrian Army positions, capturing a number of armored vehicles, before being driven…

Is Assad ‘Pulling A Saakashvili’ In Northwestern Syria?

Is Assad ‘Pulling A Saakashvili’ In Northwestern Syria?

While there are certainly some structural similarities between the Syrian Arab Army’s ongoing liberation offensive in Northwestern Syria and Saakashvili’s previous desire to restore Georgia’s full sovereignty over Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008, the international legal and situational differences between the two are much too important to ignore and thus make these two cases…