Photo by Aaref Watad/AFP/Getty Images

Humanitarian deal for Syrians breaks down

International | Idlib residents demand protection and the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/21/18, 02:05 pm

SYRIA: A Russia-Turkey brokered deal to create a demilitarized zone inside Idlib, opening a humanitarian corridor for the province’s 3 million residents, has broken down. The Wall Street Journal blames terrorist groups in Idlib, while China’s Xinhua news service reports the Turkish army gave orders to rebels to deny access to a safe corridor.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Ugur Can/DHA

Nine Christians killed in Syria

International | Rebels shell a Christian-majority town in Idlib
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/12/18, 03:14 pm

SYRIA: Turkey is arming rebels in Idlib.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo courtesy of Mustafa Alabdullah

Idlib offensive begins as Turkey calls for cease-fire

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/07/18, 11:40 am

Russian-backed Syrian government forces began an attack in Idlib against the last major rebel stronghold in Syria, as the presidents of Iran, Russia, and Turkey met in a high-level summit over the state of the Syrian conflict. Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said a series of airstrikes early Friday targeted rebel posts and killed one fighter in southwest Idlib. About 3 million people reside in the northwestern Idlib province and its surrounding area. Nearly half of the region’s population are displaced Syrians, including 10,000 insurgents.

Read more