Wed 19 February 2020:
The battle for Idlib has led to a humanitarian catastrophe as the Syrian gov’t vows to retake the last rebel-held area.
The Syrian government offensive in the country’s northwest has created the biggest single civilian displacement during the nine-year war, with some 900,000 people fleeing since the beginning of December, according to the UN.
Despite that, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced he will press on with the operation.
Idlib is the last-remaining rebel stronghold and the only de-escalation zone that remains out of his control.
Syrian government forces are making advances on the ground and that push has put more pressure on those being displaced.
With Turkey and Russia involved, how will this fight play out across the region and why does Idlib matter?
Presenter: Peter Dobbie
Mehmet Celik – Managing editor at the Daily Sabah newspaper
Mohanad Hage Ali – Fellow and director of communications at the Carnegie Middle East Center
Pavel Felgenhauer – Defence analyst and columnist at the Novaya Gazeta newspaper
Source: Al Jazeera News
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