By Louisa Loveluck and Zakaria Zakaria
February 10, 2018
ANTAKYA, Turkey — A Turkish offensive against Kurdish fighters has bogged down in the mountains and mud of northern Syria as troops encounter an adversary well accustomed to the terrain.
The Turkish military lost its advantage in the skies over the border area for much of this past week after Russian forces restricted access to the airspace, according to a Western diplomat and Syrian rebels backed by the Turks. Without air cover, the lightly armed Syrian rebels, who are doing most of the fighting in the three-week-old Turkish offensive, have found it hard to advance.
Saturday was the deadliest day yet, with Turkish media reporting the death of 11 troops.