Well, pilgrims, the neo-Ottomans (as opposed to good Kemalists) are dug in along Route 5 like ticks on a hound dog’s back.
IMO it was a grave error for the R+6 forces not to have made an all-out effort to recapture ALL of Idlib Province immediately after the total re-capture of Aleppo City. As I expected the Turkish ambition for re-integration of the province into a renewed Turkish empire is painfully obvious.
This is equally true of the Afrin district NW of Aleppo and the strip of territory along the Turkish/Syrian border extending to the east.
The US has abetted the aspirations of Turkey by foolishly clinging to Syrian land east of the Euphrates using the excuse that the SAG is merely a surrogate for Iran. pl