Scores killed; hundreds of thousands displaced; a politician summarily executed; and US forces replaced by Assad's: Al-Jumhuriya assesses the first week of Turkey's "Operation Peace Spring" in northern Syria.
After 24 hours of confusion and contradiction, it now appears any hypothetical Turkish operation in northeast Syria will be much more limited than first thought.
The State Department’s new Representative for Syria Engagement, James Jeffrey, co-authored a paper last month outlining his vision for US Syria policy. The fall of Idlib Province to the regime and its allies would leave his proposals dead in the water.
The Coalition’s battle against ISIS in Raqqa is over, but the war between civilians and explosives left by the latter is only getting started, with the death toll of 300 growing daily as desperate amateurs risk their lives to clear homes for a paltry fee.
Syrian Kurds seem to be the major beneficiaries of the state of affairs in Syria, but further moves towards their nationalistic ambition of establishing an independent state are becoming increasingly harder.