Turkey news roundup – Mar. 3, 2020

A general view of vehicles carrying belongings of internally displaced Syrians from western Aleppo countryside, in Hazano near Idlib, Syria, February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/File Photo

Below is a selection of articles on Turkey we have been following, covering the most important issues over the past week.

Idlib

New York Times: Turkey Declares Major Offensive Against Syrian Government

Turkey over the weekend announced that is was launching a major offensive against the Syrian regime forces in response to an airstrike which killed at least 36 Turkish soldiers in Idlib on February 27. Turkey’s response has come int he form of artillery and drone strikes on Syrian army and regime proxy forces in Idlib and beyond. The offensive has shifted momentum on the ground, stalling a regime offensive which was closing in on reclaiming Idlib, the last rebel held province in Syria.

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Diplomacy

Refugees

Migrants walk with boxes of food delivered by members of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at the Turkey’s Pazarkule border crossing with Greece’s Kastanies, in Edirne, Turkey, February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir

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