Middle East In Turkish move into Syria, a sign of how Russia is shaping the country

Turkey's incursion into Idlib province was part of a 'de-escalation' agreement with pro-Syrian powers Russia and Iran and an outgrowth of a diplomatic process that some analysts say could lay the groundwork for a long-sought political solution in Syria.

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For most of the Syrian civil war, there have been two constants of Turkish policy: support for opposition forces seeking the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, and concern about the growing strength of the Kurds in northern Syria, whom Ankara regards as a direct threat.