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A la guerre, comme a la guerre*

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In Moscow it took almost three hours for the two leaders and another three hours for the two respective Russian and Turkish delegations to pen an added protocol of just three sentences. Then it took not hours but days for the two countries military delegations, in Ankara this time, to come to an agreement on jointly patrolling a short east-west horizontal strip of the M4 highway from Trumba to Ain Al Hawr.

That stretch of the road is the new southern border of the now shrunk Idlib pocket of after Moscow. This is mere pittance by my count especially if one is not amnesic to the loss 54 troops during military operations to hold that line. At the Security Council meeting Turkey, thru its permanent delegate to the UN, concretely laid the blame on Russia of the deadliest single airstrike that killed over 33 of those. Yet, President Erdoğan chose simply to accept dry condolences from his Russian counterpart Putin.

The Moscow Protocol puts the task on Ankara’s shoulders of stopping the armed militia like the HTS and the Turkey backed SNA from endangering traffic on that road to be jointly controlled. By the same token, while effectively offering the use of the road on a plate to Damascus, it........

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