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Will Putin keep his promises to Erdoğan over Afrin?

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The pace of efforts to end the years-long Syrian civil war through a political solution has recently entered a state of constant acceleration. Several factors are contributing to this.

First, the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is practically over. The group has lost supporters and resources as well as almost all its territory in both Syria and Iraq. Many say the remnants of ISIL-controlled regions will be completely cleared by 2018.

Second, the ceasefire between the Syrian regime and armed opposition groups has largely been honored thanks to the efforts of Turkey, Russia and Iran as part of the Astana Process. With violence levels drastically reduced, many key actors talk about reviving efforts to find a political solution.

Even U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on this point in a joint declaration two weeks ago.

President Recep Tayyip........

© Hürriyet Daily News