Rebels who have fought to topple President Bashar al-Assad for eight years are now largely confined to the enclave in the northwest near the Turkish border. Around 4 million people now live there, including hundreds of thousands of opponents of Assad who fled there from other parts of the country.
“President Putin and I also agreed on a shared goal – the removal from Syria of the foreign forces that came in after the civil war erupted,” Benjamin Netanyahu told the Israeli cabinet in broadcast remarks. “We agreed to set up a joint task force which, together with others, will work to advance towards this goal.” Read more.
“The question of the presence of a military contingent acting on the authority of a third country on the territory of a sovereign country and especially Syria must be decided directly by Damascus,” Maria Zakharova said in answer to a question about the Turkish safe zone plan. “That’s our base position.”