Russian and Syrian forces have intensified their bombing campaign of Saraqib city, which is considered the last key opposition transit point in Idlib. This opens route for the final assault on the rebel-held bastion.
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor in northeast Syria, Gen. Mazlum Kobane speaks on a range of issues including prospects for reviving dialogue with Turkey, US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and the impact of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani's killing in Iraq.
Amid little hope left for the recently observed Idlib cease-fire, opposition activists said the latest speech delivered by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham leader Abu Mohammed al-Golani cannot be built upon during the upcoming confrontations.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the United States will be withdrawing all troops from northeastern Syria and that he expects Syrian Kurds to seek aid from Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The Free Syrian Police (FSP) has been key to the establishment of law and order in Syria's north over the past six years. As the Assad regime readies for an offensive on Idlib province, the Free Syrian Police say they will continue to protect civilians.
Clashes broke out on Sunday between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian Regime in Deir Ezzor. The regime took four villages that the SDF was able to regain it with support from Coalition air forces.