Turkey: Inevitable escalation with Russia-Syria, negative

On the back foot in Syria and Libya

Turkey has suffered significant casualties (at least 33 deaths, around 50 wounded) near Idlib in north-west Syria, following the airstrikes by Russian-backed Syrian forces on 27 February. Total deaths among the 10,000 Turkish troops stationed (and encircled) in north-west Syria near Idlib now exceed over 50 since the start of the year. 

Turkey and Russia are on opposite sides in Syria and Libya and, in both theatres, the proxy and direct conflict has escalated in recent months.

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