On August 24th, Turkey launched a military operation in Syria called ‘Euphrates Shield’ officially aimed at both the Kurdish militias and IS jihadists.
On Thursday September 2nd, political commentator, Hediye Levent, said through Sputnik Russian media:
“Turkish forces, which have led the ground operation ‘Euphrates Shield’ in northern Syria since August 24th are likely to face the Syrian army or the Russian military if they expand their area of action.”
Adding that “It’s very likely. In Aleppo, the territories controlled by the Syrian army and those controlled by the jihadist groups are very close. Some regions of Aleppo are within 50 km from the Turkish border.
Therefore, these groups might find themselves face to face. If Turkey intends to stay long in Syria, it will be difficult to avoid a clash with the Syrian army. “
Turkey also suffered its first loss in Syria, and according to Hediye Levent, an expert on the subject, “Ankara’ is in a delicate situation since the start of Operation ‘Euphrates Shield’ in Syria.
“Turkey has sought to militarily interfere in Syria under various pretexts since 2011. We even discussed the possible involvement of NATO in the operation. Now, Damascus has probably chosen the alternative “If you want to enter Syrian territory, do it”.
This is a very dangerous situation for Turkey. Turkish troops and opposition groups are likely to get bogged down in the “Marsh” infighting advancing into the Syrian territory “, she added.
Levent also stated that the groups which Turkey supports in Syria who claim to belong to the Free Syrian Army, “have nothing to do with the ASL.” “Most of them are jihadists or their supporters. Their combat capability and reliability are questionable. If the Turkish armed forces rely on these groups and decide to move into Syria in order to confront IS terrorists and other extremist organizations, Turkish troops are likely to bear the brunt of the war on Syrian soil. These opposition groups can disperse very quickly “, concluded Ms. Levent.
Note that a truce was applied there a week after discussions and an agreement between Russia and the United States. But the truce is expected to end on Monday at 7 pm according to a high Syrian military source. Indeed, this truce was weakened by the deterioration in relations between Moscow and Washington after deadly strikes, led by United States coalition, against the Syrian army in the Deir Ezzor region. The rebel district of Aleppo in northern Syria became a major issue in the conflict, were also hit by air raids Sunday, a serious snag to the cease-fire.
Thus, despite the truce, shelling is still heard. Recall that on Saturday, the General Staff of the Syrian forces and Russia accused the US-led coalition of bombing the positions of the Syrian army near Deir Ezzor in northeast Syria killing dozens of soldiers. The US military says its coalition ended the bombing against what it thought to be the positions of the Islamic State (IS) after being informed by Russia that vehicles and Syrian military personnel had certainly been affected.
The Anti-Zionist Party is concerned about this war’s escalation and calls upon all leaders to take action in order to stop these clashes which cause the death of many innocent lives and destroy Syria. As for Turkey, it should think twice prior to directly interfering in this deadly conflict as this will likely lead its army going to Syria without returning.
Anti-Zionist Party President