Idlib was a “de-escalation” zone over the last two years but it was also a zone of contention, especially along the governorate’s borders.
The problem is that the US has no clear plan now for Syria, while its adversaries appear to have one.
Iran is a key ally of the Syrian government in the seven-year civil war and it says it has no intention of withdrawing unless Syria requested it do so.
The US and Russia, two world super-powers, and Turkey and Iran, the two regional Islamic powers, are locked into a deadly confrontation with no political issue in sight.
What does it all mean for Israel?
Turkey, which has been fiercely opposed to Syrian President Assad, has recently been working with his allies Russia and Iran for a political resolution to the conflict.
Turkey has for several years called for world powers to help create a zone to protect civilians in its war-torn southern neighbor.
From creating an additional reason for Ankara to want quiet in Gaza, to demonstrating again a loss of US weight in the region, Turkey’s thrust into Syria will have serious ramifications.
Apology was condition for Russia to lift sanctions.
"We risk a hot war among different actors than the one we always think of," EU foreign policy chief warns says in discussion on situation in Syria.