The US supports Turkish presence in Syria; Israel creates Iran-focused directorate
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on February 19 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Trump: Erdogan trying to avoid tragedy in Syria’s Idlib
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to ensure a humanitarian catastrophe does not befall northwest Syria’s Idlib province, U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday.
“He’s fighting on Idlib,” Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One. “He doesn’t want people to be killed by the thousands, and hundreds of thousands.”
Trump said Washington and Ankara are “working together” to determine what can be done amid a Syrian regime offensive backed by Russia and Iran that the UN said has led to the displacement of 900,000 people already.
“You have a lot of warring going on right now, a lot of warring going on, but I am dealing with President Erdogan,” Trump said.
Mark Lowcock, the UN’s humanitarian affairs chief, said Monday that “indiscriminate” violence in the region reached “a horrifying new level” since the regime offensive began in December and he demanded the Security Council to take action to avoid catastrophe of historical proportions.
“The biggest humanitarian horror story of the 21st Century will only be avoided if Security Council members, and those with influence, overcome individual interests and put a collective stake in humanity first. The only option is a ceasefire,” he said.
In shakeup, IDF to create new general position to counter Iran
The Israel Defense Forces on Tuesday announced “significant changes” to the makeup of its General Staff, including the wholesale creation of a new Iran-focused directorate and the restructuring of an existing department.
These changes — part of the military’s multi-year Momentum Plan — will go into effect this summer and have been approved by Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman told reporters.
The General Staff, made up of 24 brigadier and major generals, will remain the same size, despite the creation of a new position on it, by having the current commander of the Military Colleges, Maj. Gen. Itai Virob, serve simultaneously as the head of the IDF Depths Corps, which is responsible for the military’s operations beyond Israel’s borders.
Zilberman said a commander of this new directorate — to be known as the Strategy and Iran Directorate — has not yet been chosen, though a selection committee is due to meet shortly. The actual formation of the unit will wait until a leader for it is chosen, he said.
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Source: Anadolu, TTI