When it comes to world affairs, US President Barack Obama has a cautious hand. He has shown he would rather wait things out, then react too soon. But lack of US initiative in Syria has serious consequences for the region.
The downing of a Russian plane during an Israeli air raid on Syria has caused tension between Tel Aviv and Moscow. Experts say the two countries will do everything possible to prevent another such incident.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have agreed to forge a demilitarized zone between rebels and Syrian government forces in Syria's Idlib region.
With Tehran's support, Moscow has renewed its airstrikes against the last major rebel stronghold in Syria. The UN told DW that the looming battle could create the worst humanitarian crisis in decades.
Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement to prevent an assault on Syria's Idlib. The deal has drawn praise in the Arab media for preventing further bloodshed, but critics are skeptical it will foster lasting peace.
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