Turkey is Preparing an Offensive in Northern Syria
It’s been quite a while since the cease-fire treaty in Syria was signed. February 27th became the new anchor for the people of Syria who are tired of war and havoc. However, the main sponsors of the Syrian revolution, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar which had already planned how the country would be divided between them are not satisfied. Turkey, especially, is interested in Syria’s territorial division. The most attractive “piece” for Turkey is Northern Syria with its economic capital, Aleppo. Obviously, the seized Northern territories would be a step forward in Erdogan’s plan to resurrect the Ottoman Empire. That is why the seizure of Aleppo is a strategic goal for Erdogan and his partners.
The Turkish government has been supporting Syrian militants during the conflict. According to the Egyptian news site El-Badil, in late 2015 the Turkish government was supplying the Syrian opposition with money and food. Also, it allowed them to cross the border between Turkey and Syria. The fact that militants from terrorist groups fighting in Syria can freely cross the border is also reported by the Kurdish news agency ANHA which reports that militants go through Bab Al-Salama border crossing point to the North of Aleppo from the Turkish city Kilis towards the Syrian town Azaz. As a rule, militants visit Turkey for two reasons: to receive qualified medical treatment or to get military training at a special camp where Turks and Saudis work.
Despite all the efforts of Turkish officials to conceal their support for fighters in Syria, the media regularly reports about them. Even the Syrian opposition’s leaders have never hidden these facts. For example, last September one of its leaders, Ahmed Tuma, told the British newspaper Al-Arabi that Turkey was supplying Syrian militants with fuel and food. Tuma is proud of his relations with Turkish leaders and appreciates the role Turkey is playing in forming the so-called “new Syrian state.”
According to media center activists in Ankara, all the operations that sponsor Syrian opposition leaders and field commanders of armed groups are conducted through a number of accounts in the Turkish bank, Ziraat Bankasi. Moreover, through this bank Turkey finances NGOs whose main purpose is to support the Syrian revolution.
Besides that, Turkey’s support for Syrian militants, i.e. financing and training, is included in the US program, Timber Sycamore, the New York Times reported in January, 2016. According to journalists, Turkey has been sponsoring Syrian terrorists since 2013.
It’s obvious that the cease-fire in Syria is absolutely disadvantageous for Turkey’s leaders who have contributed so much to the overthrow of Bashar Assad. Now, the most important point of the face-off is Aleppo province. As locals say, more than 1,000 terrorists arrived there from April to mid-May. The fighters were accompanied by trucks with arms and ammunition and off-road vehicles with large-caliber machine guns. Notably, the vehicles’ deployment is covered by Turkish artillery which regularly shells the Syrian border regions from the Turkish side. It’s clear that all these actions are evidence that terrorists are preparing a large-scale offensive in Aleppo.
It’s no doubt that the attack on Aleppo is a part of the “hybrid” war implemented by Turkey in Syria. The artillery shelling of Syrian territories and the support for Syrian terrorists is what the Turkish news agency Anadolu calls “a fight against ISIS.” and the Turkish government justifies Erdogan’s desire to seize Northern Syria by claiming that it is just an attempt to create so-called “safety zone” for refugees.
While the world is trying to achieve a peace treaty in Syria, Turkish leaders are planning large-scale operations involving fighters and radical groups. However, we want to believe that their plans won’t be crowned with success as everyone in Syria understands who is behind the opposition and what the revolutionaries want to achieve.
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