Syria update. Russia and Syria continue to conduct airstrikes on rebel positions in Idlib, but so far Syria has not launched a ground offensive. It’s possible that that could change today – last week, rumors emerged that President Bashar Assad gave Russia an ultimatum to find a diplomatic solution by Monday, or else. Meanwhile, there have been near-daily reports of Turkish reinforcements being sent to Idlib. One report even suggested Turkey had sent a 300-vehicle convoy on Sunday, though it came from Al-Masdar, a source we don’t find especially credible because of its sympathies toward the Syrian government. Elsewhere in Syria, Russia accused the United States of using white phosphorus bombs in Deir el-Zour on Saturday. (It’s illegal to use incendiary weapons such as white phosphorus bombs against civilians.) The Pentagon denied the accusation.
Outside Syria, it appears as though the competition over the Caucasus is heating up too. While Iran and Azerbaijan negotiate ways to