I started this new thread because the other 'Events in Syria' thread has been hijacked by those who want to use it for expressing their hostility towards Russia. Hopefully this thread can stay focused on military events inside Iraq and Syria, and on the actions of outside nations only as they are relevant to that military situation. (I included Iraq, because an offensive against Mosul is supposed to happen in the next year, forces will have to be chosen and then positioned (whose forces will take part?) and there will probably be smaller operations against ISIS before that.) Here's an up to date map of the situation north of Aleppo as of Wednesday evening Feb 10, 2016: http://www.edmaps.com/html/northern_aleppo_-_february_10_.html Here's a larger scale map of the Aleppo area as of Friday February 5, to put the developments in the first map into perspective. http://www.edmaps.com/html/northern_aleppo.html The Kurds seem to be advancing east across a local highway and have taken an airbase (Menagh) previously held by the rebels. The Syrian army is advancing from the south and is in talks for the surrender of Tel Rif'at, one of the two largest towns still in rebel hands on the Syrian side of the Turkish border. The Islamic state is looming to the east of this shrinking rebel corridor. They appear to be moving slowly west along the road towards Azaz, the other large town. So the rebels in this shrinking area seem to be fighting on three sides, with Turkey on the fourth. The question is whether the Turks will cross the border to aid them. I think that one lesson to be drawn from this is that all of the many factions in Syria can sense weakness and move to exploit it by expanding into it.