1. I think it's important to recognize that this was likely #Putin's idea that he sold to #Erdogan in their #Sochi meeting.

"We will not reconcile" .. Night demonstrations in the liberated areas of northern Syria, in rejection of the statements of the Turkish Foreign Minister.
2. Remember, #Kadyrov was there. Could it be intended to expose the people who will never play ball so Kadyrov's crew can assassinate them? I'm not sure they are that clever but it is always worth considering. Putin is reported to be in a dream world where he fantasizes victories
3. are coming soon. It's possible Putin is that out of touch to not realize what the #Syrian opposition is really thinking. Also, #Assad has been on the rehabilitation tour and may also believe that because the corrupt #GulfState leaders are willing to forget his
4. past that all the rebels in west and northern Syria will forget it too. This is where Assad's addiction to murder has perhaps come back to bite him. Had he been more accommodating in #Daraa he might have tricked these rebels into buying the new nicer Assad.
5. But Assad couldn't help himself and started assassinating people in Daraa. Any rational Assad opponent has to know that he will eliminate them when the time is right. For the folks who have been in bed with #Erdogan, they may not be ready to be slaughtered.

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