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Erdogan threatens Assad forces, seeks de-escalation in Idlib

Erdogan threatens Assad forces, seeks de-escalation in Idlib

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  1. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/02/erdogan-threatens-assad-forces-deescalte-idlib.html) reduced by 85%. (I’m a bot)
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    > ISTANBUL – Amid an ongoing offensive in Idlib that has displaced half a million civilians, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to act against Russian-backed Syrian forces if they did not fall back from Turkish observation posts by the end of the month.

    > Aaron Stein, director of the Middle East program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, said an Idlib offensive has been "Pre-ordained" since the signing of the MoU and while conditions were not met by both sides, Turkish intervention did delay the movements currently being taken by Syrian regime forces.

    > In recent weeks, Syrian forces have captured the Idlib city of Maarat al-Numan and are expected to move north toward Saraqib in an effort to secure access to the M5 highway linking Aleppo and Damascus.

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  2. >Amid an ongoing offensive in Idlib that has displaced half a million civilians, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to act against Russian-backed Syrian forces if they did not fall back from Turkish observation posts by the end of the month.

    He has invaded a neighboring country and is now dictating to its elected leader.

    That’s some industrial-strength *chutzpah* there.

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