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5) The United States said it will "stand with its NATO ally Turkey" after the Syrian and Turkish armies engage in direct clashes, and after Erdogan threatened to begin downing Syrian aircraft.
This brings the world back to a major international proxy war centered on Idlib, as almost happened before (especially in 2018).
4) The United Nations is warning Idlib civilian displacement is now the worst over the nine-year total period of war in Syria.
3) Erdogan is erecting new "refugee cities" along Turkish-occupied Syrian border territory, in line with his 'solution' for the refugee crisis at a moment he's also threatened Europe with "opening the gates" if he doesn't receive EU funding to alleviate the burden:
2) Turkish tanks, armored columns, and elite commandos are pouring in as state powers are on a collision course:
1) Turkey announced Thursday more soldiers are being deployed to Idlib after already previously amassing troops at the border.
Parts of Idlib and Aleppo provinces are now the front lines of the battle between Syrian armed opposition groups, some of whom are supported by Turkey, and Russia and Iran-backed forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is pushing to regain control of the whole country.
The government has sought to take control over the strategic M5 highway, which runs through Aleppo and Idlib provinces and which was once a major commercial route linking Aleppo to Damascus and the south of the country.
Idlib is also adjacent to Latakia province, a Syrian government stronghold that is home to the Russian military airbase Hmeimim.
originally posted by: ClovenSky
a reply to: ufoorbhunter
I agree, but maybe with the added clause that the soverign country Syria may invite whomever it likes into the country.