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SYRIA: Turkish ‘Observation Post’ Comes Under Fire in Northwest Hama

AMN | Potential flashpoint here, but no reports of casualties from Turkish military yet.

SYRIA: Russian Forces Repel Massive Rocket Attack on Hmeimim Airbase

21WIRE + South Front | Today’s shelling came from Idlib’s so-called ‘de-escalation’ zone which is actually being held by Al-Qaeda terrorists.

Turkish Army, ‘Rebels’ Launch Offensive to Capture Two Towns in Northern Aleppo

AMN | the Turkish Army and their ‘rebel’ allies are attempting to seize two towns from YPG near town of Tal Rifa’at.

Lawyers tasked with derailing internal Syrian peace process and the failure of ‘international justice’

John Laughland | The ruling on Myanmar and Bangladesh illustrates everything that is wrong with international justice.

New Zealand Censoring Internet Users, Threatening Jail for Sharing Video of Mosque Attack

21WIRE + Antiwar.com | This story will continue to take bizarre twists and turns.

Pentagon Says Multinational Force to Establish ‘Safe-Zone’ in Northeastern Syria

SouthFront | U.S. troops to remain in northeastern Syria after the supposed pullout.

Updated Syria Briefing from Peter Ford: US Withdrawal, Safe Zones, Sanctions, Idlib, ISIS & Israel

GNS | Updated situational briefing from the former British Ambassador to Syria.

Turkey and Russia in Syria: From the National Pact to the Adana Agreement

Dr. Can Erimtan | Here are the in’s and out’s of creating a security buffer zone along the Syrian and Turkish border.

‘What about the Kurds?!’ Getting a Proper Grip on Turks, Americans & Kurds in Syria

Dr Can Erimtan | Most Americans have no idea who ‘The Kurds’ are and how they rose to prominence in the US foreign policy matrix. Understanding their politics and history is essential in understanding Turkey’s deeper motivations in Syria.

Trump’s Latest Hedge on US Withdrawal from Syria is Only Postponing the Inevitable

Peter Ford | We can expect to see bluster, smoke screens, and reversals on all sides in the coming days but ultimately the US will have to leave.

TurkStream Pipeline: New Cold War Realignments and the Return of M.A.D.

Dr. Can Erimtan | This move transform the Eurasian geopolitical chessboard, but will Europe realign itself before it is too late?

Moderate Traffickers: Turkish-backed ‘Free Syrian Army’ Caught Smuggle Hashish in Ambulances

21WIRE | Washington’s ‘rebel’ darlings are running an organized crime syndicate based along the Turkish-Syria border.

The Current Military Situation in Syria and Iraq (Map)

SouthFront | This map provides a general look at the military situation in Syria and Iraq.

All Eyes on HTS: Buffer Zone Deadline Passes for ‘Al-Qaeda in Syria’

21WIRE + MEE | HTS is likely to face the consequences of failing to withdrawal from buffer zone around Idlib.

Khashoggi’s ‘Barbaric Murder’ Could Put Saudi-Turkish Relations on Ice

MEE | This issue cannot be simply reduced to the ‘silencing’ of Khashoggi – bigger geopolitical implications will surely emerge.

Top Russian Diplomat: Idlib Militants Who Refuse to Lay Down Arms Will Be ‘Arrested or Eliminated’

SouthFront | Militant terrorists will be held accountable if they refuse to comply with agreement.

From Idlib to Xinjiang: Uyghur Fighters Trained for Terror

Steven Sahiounie | Are the West and their Gulf partners planning to destabilize Eurasia next?

Turkey Proxy Forces Dealt Major Blow to Field Command Operations in Idlib

21WIRE + Muraselon | Senior field commander in Turkish-backed NLF and terrorist group Ahrar al-Sham eliminated by Syrian military.

Erdogan, Putin to Meet Monday in Sochi as Turkey Moves More Weapons into Syria

21WIRE | Turkey’s escalated military presence and heavy arms drop into known jihadist havens is unwelcome.

The Bluffer’s Guide to Bombing Syria

Peter Ford | The propaganda mills of the British and American governments are working overtime to justify the upcoming bombing of Syria on the pretext of use of prohibited weapons.