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Moscow steadily promoting its 'Helsinki agenda' in Syria
Putin: We discussed a humanitarian operation for Raqqah
HTS abandoned Nawa .. damn. Huge development, wonder where they are all at now. That evac deal to Idlib still good?
They’re falling apart without a fight
It's really wonderful that most of these towns are surrendering and sparing themselves of destruction and loss in favor of a doomed battle. Regardless of what I or anyone else thinks of Assad.
So for someone who isn't paying close attention lately can someone give tl;dr on the state of war?
EDIT: What will probably happen south-west of Syria in those held by Israel, and what will happen in north-east Syria where Kurds are?
What part held by Israel? The Golan Heights? Part of the Golan is Syrian-held (either by the government currently or insurgents) and part, the majority part to the west by the sea, is Israeli-held. The Israeli-held area of Golan doesn't really have anything to do with this war. It was captured in a separate war in 1967, fought over in 1973 with a ceasefire/disengagement agreement imposed in 1974 and that ceasefire between Syria and Israel has been upheld since. Its status won't change for the foreseeable future. It's not really related to the current war.
I'm going by the https://syriancivilwarmap.com/
What about the territory held by the Kurds will that be challenged in the foreseeable future?
Nobody knows. Rumors of negotiations, some warnings/threats too, who knows. Situation will be much more clear in 2019, I think.
Possibility of that area being separated?
Non-existent. Turkey will 95% invade this state no questions asked. Iraq will be against it, Syria will be against it. It's landlocked. Unless some sort of mass hysteria fall upon SDF leadership they will stick to being part of Syria.
Thanks for info, what's happening with the Kurdistan Iraqi Region, how is it connected with North-East Syria?
Not much happening in the Iraqi Kurdistan region nowadays, they are an autonomous region in Iraq and mostly made headlines recently for not paying their government employees which caused a lot of unrest in the region. They are connected to north east Syria by a border crossing, but the KDP in Iraq doesn't like the Kurdish YPG (main group in the SDF) in Syria and even had an embargo going against them. They are not really big fans of each other.
That's interesting since at first glance I thought both had big Kurdish ethnic groups in them and assumed they were connected somehow, thanks for info
since at first glance I thought both had big Kurdish ethnic
They do. But political differences are far bigger than shared ethnic identity.
The Basure (KRG) shares a border with Rojava at the Semalka border crossing. Previously this crossing had been closed by Barzani under pressure from Turkey to isolate the PKK-friendly administration in Rojava however under US pressure it reopened recently, whether it is still open I am unsure.
Thanks for info
Good question. If guessing, I'd say that separation does not serve any purpose for USA.