By Robert Willmann
To help visualize where recent events regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria are happening, here is a map from the State Department showing some of the provinces and towns in northern Syria where its border with Turkey is. The map, which can be downloaded, also shows some border crossings according to the map legend, although not all of them have been given a name.
The map is from the Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU), which is part of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research .
Going from west to east in northern Syria, the provinces (or governates) that are shown are Latakia, Idlib, Aleppo, Ar Raqqah, and Al Hasakah.
Towns that have been mentioned include Ra's al ‘Ayn in the Al Hasakah province in northeastern Syria. Kobane ('Ayn al Arab) is more in the center on the border with Turkey. Tal Abyad would be further to the east in the Ar Raqqah province. Latakia is in the far northwest by the Mediterranean Sea. You can also see the Euphrates River running from the north central part of Syria to the southeast.
These areas and towns were referenced yesterday in the article by TTG.
The map is called a "Regional Displacement Snapshot" as of the end of September 2018, regarding refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). It also shows some refugee camps.