The Turkish army announced that it had carried out further strikes on Saturday 20 January 2018 against the Kurdish militia of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, as a land offensive appears imminent. Turkish armed forces claimed to have struck “in self-defence” YPG positions in response to  fire from the Syrian region of…

Syrian Troops Almost Closed Eastern Idlib Pocket On January 18, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Iranian-backed militias liberated the village of Qaytal fom Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) in southern Aleppo and almost closed the eastern Idlib pocket. ISIS progression Late on the same day, ISIS reportedly captured thirty villages, including Rasm al-Dhaba,…