Russia’s Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan head for talks with major Syria rift between them – The Washington Post

Syria is again testing relations between Putin and Erdogan, who are on either side of an escalating and unpredictable showdown in the country’s Idlib province. A planned meeting Thursday in Moscow will mark their first face-to-face encounter since Syrian government forces — backed by ally Russia — launched a major offensive in Idlib, the last [...]

Syrians in northern Aleppo terrified as regime advances

Syrians living in the areas held by the Turkish-backed opposition in northern Aleppo have been living in constant worry since Syrian regime forces and their allies made significant advances in the northwestern province of Idlib in the past two months. There have been rapidly progressing attacks by the regime forces backed by heavy Russian air support and systematic bombing and destruction of [...]

Intel: Why Russia went on counteroffensive against US criticism over Idlib

Russia seems determined to finish the Idlib issue once and for all — preferrably through a new deal with Turkey, or reluctantly through continued support for military assaults by the Syrian army. It sees the arguments on the humanitarian crisis as fairly hypocritical and thus is in no way is willing to cave under US pressure. The Foreign Ministry [...]

Syria’s Kurds embrace resilience, beauty in wake of Turkish attack

The Syrian regime’s strategy is to separate the Arab areas from the Kurdish ones. Through the Russians, the regime has tried to cajole Kobane to discuss a deal that would cover the predominantly Kurdish areas and give the Kurds skimpy political and cultural rights that could be rescinded as the regime grows stronger. — Read on [...]

Among the Syrian Militiamen of Turkey’s Intervention in Libya | by Frederic Wehrey | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Among the Syrian Militiamen of Turkey’s Intervention in Libya | by Frederic Wehrey | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books — Read on

The Great Queen Semiramis of Assyria (800 BC) : from Biblitheca Historica Before Alexander the Great (c 356-320 BC) marched to the frontiers of India through the wreck of the Persian Empire; before Cyrus the Great (c 600-530 BC), the first Emperor of the Persians conquered those frontier lands, there was the legendary queen Semiramis - who led the first recorded invasion from the West into [...]