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Syria flare-ups expose tangled mess of rivalries and tensions

Secretary of State Tillerson is arriving in Turkey today, and it’s all but certain his meetings there will include discussions of the simmering tensions in Syria, including the Turkish offensive against U.S.-backed Kurds in Afrin.

Why it matters: The Afrin assault is just one of several violent clashes in recent weeks to expose the overlapping and contradictory interests coming to a head in Syria. The powers operating in the region appear to be deepening their involvements, even as ISIS has largely been beaten back.

Data: IHS Jane's Conflict Monitor, as of Feb. 12, 2018; Map: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios