Hundreds of Thousands Displaced by Fighting, Face Sub-Zero Temperatures

Three million refugees are trapped at the border between Syria and Turkey, with the latter threatening military action against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Turkey’s defense ministry says it will strike back at regime forces and allied militias in the region if they do not pull back, and Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has demanded that Assad withdraw to previously agreed cease fire lines by the end of February. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

Hundreds of thousands are stranded without food or shelter in sub-zero temperatures. Many have been forced from their homes by the Syrian army’s Russian-backed offensive, which often targets hospitals and other civilian infrastructure. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

U.S. troops and Syrian troops also clashed in northwest Syria. One Syrian was killed. U.S.-coalition forces were conducting a patrol when they encountered a Syrian checkpoint. A dispute arose between the two groups. A Russian patrol later arrived and tried to mediate a solution, but fighting broke out, underscoring how dangerous the mix of U.S., Russian, Turkish, and allied forces is. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…