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THE DEBATE

Syria: What's the deal? Russia, Turkey agree to Idlib buffer zone

Have they avoided the worst, or simply delayed the inevitable? Ten days after airing their differences publicly, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan agree to a buffer zone deal around Syria's last major rebel stronghold. Has Idlib and its nearly three million citizens been spared? Or will the deal - which includes joint patrols by the Russians and the Turks - unravel?

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Syria always seems to be one wrong move away from a turn for the even worse. Take the disappearance of a Russian military transport plane off the coast. We'll see why the downing of that plane concerns not only Damascus and the rebels but also Israel, France and the United States. A reminder that any incident in Syria carries with it a domino effect.

Produced by Michele BARBERO, Laure FOURQUET and James VASINA

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