Russia, Turkey Agree to Create Buffer Zone in Syria’s Idlib

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian and Turkish troops are to enforce a new demilitarized zone in Idlib from which radical rebels will be required to withdraw, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart.

U.S. Launches ‘Defeat-ISIS’ War Drills in Syria

Smoke rises near the Syrian village of Kafr Ain

The U.S. military launched on Friday a series of war drills dubbed “Defeat ISIS” in Eastern Syria to “hone their warfighting skills for counterterrorism operations” in the region, according to American military officials.

White House: Iran, Russia Gear Up for Mass Strike in Syria

A Syrian man rides a motorcycle past a destroyed building in the district of Jisr al-Shughur, in the Idlib province

The Trump administration announced Tuesday afternoon that Russia and Syria are gearing up to launch a mass strike in Syria on behalf of embattled President Bashar al-Assad, risking the lives of “millions of innocent civilians,” according to an announcement.