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    Turkey, Russia Struggle to Sync Forces in Syria

    Ankara and Moscow are coordinating military action in Syria — despite backing opposing forces in its protracted civil war. Both estranged from the West, the two countries are attempting to nurture a strategic and economic relationship. But as they struggle to decide the fate of Idlib, the last opposition stronghold, that’s proving difficult: Russian President Vladimir Putin recently scolded his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for allowing extremist militants to thrive instead of clearing them out as promised.

    What’s next for Idlib? Observers say an all-out assault on the northwestern province could yield grave casualties and cause a massive humanitarian disaster.

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