Maybe Idlib is where the war ends. Or perhaps it is where it reshapes itself to create a new agony for the Syrian people.
I travelled along the regime side of the front line around Idlib. It is a city and most of a province.
Three million civilians and perhaps 90,000 rebel fighters are inside its perimeter. It is estimated that they include a hard core of up to 20,000 jihadist extremists.
The war is in its eighth year.
The regime argues that it was always a foreign conspiracy designed to destroy Syria.
But early in the war I crossed into rebel-held areas to talk to protesters who chanted about freedom, who said they wanted the fall of the regime but not the destruction of their own country.
That feels like a long time ago.
The war has changed a lot, going through phases.
Rebel groups morphed into new alliances, splitting, coalescing and splitting again.
The regime always refused to differentiate between different rebels. For President Bashar al-Assad, they have all been…