Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War
The U.S. military is preparing to withdraw all of its forces from Syria by the end of April, the Wall Street Journal has reported on Feb. 7.
The al-Nusra Front, a former affiliate of al-Qaeda in Syria, now occupies 70 percent of Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Jan. 18 during a press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Moscow.
The Turkish defense minister and intelligence chief visited Russia's coastal city of Sochi on Nov. 20 for high-level talks with officials on Syria's Idlib.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Oct. 3 that the demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib was effective and no major military actions are planned in the region.