The Syrian president has used horrific methods against his citizens during the ongoing civil war. These include bombing schools, never gas usage, and torturing prisoners, while Russia backs them up. It seemed as though he had almost crushed the rebellion, while destroying his country, until Turkey stepped in and joined the rebel effort. With Russia and Turkey still on opposing sides despite talks of peace, a war is within the realm of possibility. Deconfliction actions need to begin before an attack from Russia on Turkey calls for an Article 5 from NATO; an attack on one is an attack on all.
The Crossroads of Special Operations