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Will developments in Idlib force Ankara to turn to the West again?

Analysts say Turkey and Russia were always on a collision course in Syria due to their radically differing positions.

The killing of six Turkish soldiers and a civilian contractor attached to the Turkish military by Syrian regime forces in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib on Feb. 3 has raised Turkey’s adventure in Syria to a different and much more dangerous level for Ankara.

Many Turkish analysts, especially those who argue that Ankara’s Syria policy was misguided from the start, believe that Turkey and Syria are effectively in a state of undeclared war today, and that Russia is a party to this conflict on the side of Damascus.

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