This is true:
Idlib is the last major opposition stronghold in the war-torn country. Sixty percent of the area is controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) jihadist group, an al-Qaeda branch operating in Syria.
This is garbage:
"Moscow needs Turkey as a Sunni power to balance Shiite militias' presence in northern Syria," he said.
So, we in the US were told that al-Qaeda carried out 9/11. Meanwhile, the US government appears to prefer al-Qaeda to Assad even though Assad aided the US government by hosting black sites where those who underwent extraordinary renditions were subjected to harsh interrogations at the very least.
Assad is now fully awake about the US and its trustworthiness and reliability. He thoroughly regrets having ever gone along with the US.
It reminds one of Qaddaffi, who copped a plea with the US by admitting to having done things he hadn't and by also agreeing to certain liberalizations of the Libyan economy in exchange for a short reprieve Qaddaffi's son thought would last.