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Syrian Conflict Intensifies

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On Feb. 21, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a phone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin to begin talking about a possible ceasefire in the war-torn region of Syria. This call comes after the United Nations predicted an increase in violence, targeting Idlib, Syria.

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Links

“UN warns of ‘bloodbath’ as Syria fighting escalates”
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/warns-bloodbath-syria-fighting-escalates-200221113239070.html

“U.N. says it fears ‘bloodbath’ in northwest Syria fighting”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-idUSKBN20F1VH

“UN High Commissioner for Refugees appeals for safety for civilians trapped in Idlib”
https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2020/2/5e4e51d04/un-high-commissioner-refugees-appeals-safety-civilians-trapped-idlib.html

“Turkey And Russia Fight It Out: Is This The End Of The Road For Erdogan?”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/melikkaylan/2020/02/21/turkey-and-russia-fight-it-out-is-this-the-end-of-the-road-for-erdogan/#1b4076ba3e0b

“Turkey should bomb Damascus”
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/turkey-should-bomb-damascus

“We cannot turn a blind eye to the humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib”
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2020/02/20/cannot-turn-blind-eye-humanitarian-catastrophe-idlib/

Assessment

  • Writing: Describe the conflict in Syria since the Arab Spring movement in 2011. How has the situation deteriorated over time? What are the different sides that have emerged in this conflict?
  • Debate: Turkey has effectively invaded Syria and should withdraw from the Northern Syrian border in order to prevent future conflict in the region.
  • Poll: Does the UN have the power to prevent future bloodshed in Syria?
  • Short Answer:  What are the chances that Turkey will begin a full assault against Syria in Idlib?

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