Syria: The battle for Idlib defined – BBC Newsnight

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Why town of Idlib may spell the top of the Syrian struggle.

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Idlib is the final rebel-held stronghold of the Syrian struggle.

The 90,000 rebels (20,000 of them extremist jihadis – Assad’s regime refuses to distinguish) have been anticipating an offensive by the Syrian Arab Military and its Russian and Iranian allies to start out, but it surely has been postponed after Russia and Turkey agreed to determine a demilitarised zone across the province.

Postponed being the operative phrase.

Right here Newsnight’s Mike Thomson explains why the battle for Idlib is so important.

Graphics: Stelios Thoukidides

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