Syrian Army Digs Deeper Into Kurdish Territory, Clashes with Turkish U.S. Troops

Syrian forces continued their drive into the Idlib province in Syria’s northwest. Some 600,000 people have been displaced by the offensive. Rebels still control large parts of the province, and some parts of the adjacent Aleppo province. Syria’s current offensive’s apparent goal is seizure a key highway in the region. Turkey, a backer of opposition forces, has sent reinforcements into Idlib. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

The U.N. says fighting in Idlib province has displaced more than 700,000 people. Furthermore, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, warned Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad that Syria would pay a heavy price for any future attacks against Turkish troops. Thirteen Turkish military personnel were killed in the area in a week. More than 100 Syrian troops have been reported killed, and a Syrian helicopter was also reported to be shot down. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

Further reported by The Guardian. Read more…

A second Syrian helicopter was shot down later in the same week as Syrian and Turkish forces waged a confusing and deadly fight against each other and Kurdish insurgents in the region. Syrian and Turkish forces have often clashed. The Turkey-backed National Liberation Front rebel group claimed responsibility for shooting down the helicopter, killing the three crewmen. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…