The Three Stooges at the helm in Syria: an uncertain future

Neve Lynch

As the leaders of Turkey, Iran and Russia descended on the Iranian capital of Tehran on September 7 to discuss a new round of escalations over Idlib, Syrians of all ages and affiliations, as well as the West it seems, held their breath. The anticipated fall of the final Turkish backed rebel-held enclave in Syria signalled the possibility of victory for President Bashar al-Assad, yet the United Nations have warned that any offensive would likely unleash a humanitarian disaster for Idlib’s 3 million residents. While the trio left Tehran at an impasse, in a major diplomatic win for Ankara, Russia and Turkey privately agreed on September 17 to enforce a demilitarised zone in the province, effectively forestalling an assault on the region.