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Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The West Should Help Turkey End Syria’s Civil War

The surest path to bring peace and stability runs through Ankara.

Carrying most of the load.

Carrying most of the load.

Photographer: Burak Kara/Getty Images Europe

Around this time last year, Turkey’s military struck the Syrian regime’s positions to stop the latest attack on Idlib, the opposition’s final stronghold, and prevent the displacement or murder of innocent people. Over the course of eight days, we saved millions of lives.

Countries that sang Turkey’s praises at the time quickly forgot about the humanitarian crisis in Syria, partly due to the coronavirus pandemic. The civil war went back to being yesterday’s news — until the West’s next crisis of conscience.