What Comes After Assad Attacks Idlib

AP EXPLAINS SYRIA IDLIB
In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, smoke rises after a TNT bomb was thrown from a helicopter, hitting a rebel position during heavy fighting between troops loyal to president Bashar Assad and opposition fighters, in a neighbouring village to Kafr Nabuda, in the Idlib province countryside, Syria. The campaign for Idlib, the opposition’s only remaining stronghold in the country and now a refuge for over one million displaced Syrians, is likely to be the last major theater of battle after seven years of brutal civil war. Courtesy / AP Photo
AP EXPLAINS SYRIA IDLIB
In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, smoke rises after a TNT bomb was thrown from a helicopter, hitting a rebel position during heavy fighting between troops loyal to president Bashar Assad and opposition fighters, in a neighbouring village to Kafr Nabuda, in the Idlib province countryside, Syria. The campaign for Idlib, the opposition’s only remaining stronghold in the country and now a refuge for over one million displaced Syrians, is likely to be the last major theater of battle after seven years of brutal civil war. Courtesy / AP Photo

What Comes After Assad Attacks Idlib

Forces loyal to Bashar al Assad are assembling for an assault on Idlib, the last opposition stronghold in Syria. Idlib is home to the remaining active militant groups as well as civilians displaced from other places in Syria.Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, says a military solution would be disastrous. “Where will some 3.5million people go,” asked Cavusoglu. Russia is helping deter interference with its largest naval deployment in the Mediterranean since the start of the war. The US has warned against the use of chemical weapons. We’ll think through the implications of an assault on Idlib with Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of MedGlobal and past president of the Syrian American Medical Society.