In Syria, Erdogan Brushes Up Against Limits of Pivoting to Putin

With casualties in Syria’s last rebel enclave, Turkey faces contradictions of embracing the Assad regime’s main backer, Russia

With mounting losses in Syria and no sign that Turkey’s Western allies are willing to provide significant military support, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is confronting the limits of his strategy of working with the Syrian government’s main backer, Russia.

Turkey said Friday that it retaliated against forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a day after at least 33 of its soldiers were killed by airstrikes in northwestern Syria.