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.
As the Syrian Army continues its military offensive in Idlib, tensions appear to be simmering between the Syrian National Army (SNA) and Hayy'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) after the latter blocked reinforcements arriving to help the former.
The Syrian Army launched a new ground offensive in southeastern Idlib on Thursday, capturing a number of villages in the process. It remains to be seen how far the new offensive plans to push into the embattled region.
In response to Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, the Egyptian parliament hosted Syrian Ambassador to Egypt Bassam Darwish in a move to show its official support for Syria against Turkey, and as a prelude to better diplomatic relations.
Marking the first time in over three years, the SAA has started establishing border posts along the Turkish-Syrian Border, taking over the areas vacated by the SDF which withdrew from the region following the launch of the Turkish operations in the region.