Syrian Rebels Fire at Regime Forces in Idlib Province

Syrian Rebels Fire at Regime Forces in Idlib Province

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Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighters fired at regime forces in the Idlib province during an offensive on the village of Nairab, Monday, February 24.
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READ MORE: More often than not they have been bitter geopolitical foes rather than friends. The fledgling — and now increasingly fragile — alliance that Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have been building has been rubbing against the grain of the history, say analysts.

If the two countries end up fighting each other over the fate of northern Syria, it would be a return to their traditional historical enmity — one which has seen them wage war against each other in every century since the 16th. The first erupted in 1569 when the Ottoman army besieged the Volga delta town of Astrakhan, but was forced to retreat by the Russia’s Ivan the Terrible.

In all but one of a subsequent series of wars, which were fought over access to the Black Sea, the ownership of the steppe lands of Ukraine and control of the Balkans, Turkey has come off worse, losing territory and influence as a consequence. The clashes in the 19th century shrunk the Ottoman Empire, dubbed the “sick man of Europe,” hastening its collapse, say historians.
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