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Friday, March 16, 2018

Expanding shield of the Euphrates: Turkey opened a new front in Syria

Beginning in August, the military operation “Shield of the Euphrates, conducted by the Turkish armed forces on the territory of Syria, continues. This time Ankara started active military actions near the city of al-Rai in the province of Aleppo, 25 km West of the location previously opened front. Already reported on the significant success the military – along with the rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and against “Islamic state” (ISIS/ISIL banned in Russia terrorist group), they managed to drive the ISIL fighters from at least eight Syrian villages.

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The Turkish-Syrian border, according to foreign media reports, crossed several dozen tanks headed for al-Rai. According to the rebels, the military was able to regain control of several villages previously held by ISIS to the East and South of the city.

“They (Turkish troops) took a few villages, about eight, – quotes the American edition of Newsweek Zakaria Malaguti statement, the representative of the rebel group “Fastack” from Aleppo. First they managed to take two villages, but were driven out. Then reinforcements came and began again to go forward.”.

Some time later, the Turkish air force also bombed – but this time, the Kurds on its own territory. Objectives sorties have become strategic assets that belonged to, according to Ankara and the outlawed Turkey Kurdistan workers ‘ party (PKK).

Experts have repeatedly noted that the main task of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the framework of the “Shield of the Euphrates” – to prevent the establishment of a corridor between Kurdish enclaves in Northern Syria, that is, near the Turkish border. . “The troops of Turkey was introduced not at the request of the Syrian government. reminded in an interview with “MK” orientalist Andrey Serenko. But I’m not sure that Turkey will go far. Their task is to control the border and prevent the unification of the Kurdish enclaves, which could become a state.”.

Almost simultaneously with the operation for the destruction of the PKK, Erdogan made a statement on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China, in which he stressed that Turkey is committed to combating all terrorists, including ISIS and the RCP, and does not distinguish between the groups. He also recalled that Syria is his country’s troops prevent terrorist corridor. “This corridor should not occur, and therefore, we the international coalition forces have a common fight,” said Erdogan. Recall, however, that Ankara’s actions regarding the Kurds repeatedly caused a sharp reaction in the United States.


Syrian government forces, meanwhile, continue to wage fierce battles for the strategically important city of Aleppo. On the night of September 4 of the terrorists were tipped school of the air force and military school in the South of the city.


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