Military history of Syria
Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar had separate meetings with his British and French counterparts in Brussels on Feb. 13.
Akar visited NATO headquarters on the second day of NATO defense ministers meeting.
He met with U.K. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace before attending a session on defense, deterrence and burden-sharing.
Russian and Turkish presidents discussed the latest developments in Idlib, a de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria over phone, the Kremlin said on Feb. 12.
The U.S. special envoy for Syria visited Turkey on Feb. 11 to re-evaluate the recent developments in the region.
Speaking to reporters at Ankara's Esenboğa International Airport, James Jeffrey said Turkey, as a NATO ally, encountered a great threat in Idlib, northwestern Syria, coming from the Assad regime and Russia.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Feb. 11 vowed that the Syrian regime, which attacked Turkish troops in northwestern Syria's Idlib province, would pay a "heavy price."
The president also said he would announce a series of new steps on Feb. 12 that Turkey would take against Bashar al-Assad's regime over attacks on Turkish soldiers in Idlib.