From Somalia to Iraq, Ankara supports Islamists.
A quagmire for the Russians.
Divided, impoverished, and dominated by competing external powers.
Thanks to Russia, only loyalists can get humanitarian aid.
Iranian entrenchment goes far beyond military bases and missile silos.
Like so many international organizations, it has become a forum for bashing the Jewish state.
Putin may be willing to allow Bashar al-Assad to reign over a failed state.
For the terrorist group, the coronavirus is an opportunity.
Syrian civil-war “alumni” could become a new generation of terrorists.
And that would be good for Israel.
Russia has greater clout, and will tolerate attacks on its allies.
Without a U.S. threat of force, Russia will emerge victorious, while winning over Turkey.
Russia still holds most of the cards.
Escalation between Turkey and Syria.