Turkey announced several new military operations in Syria
ANKARA, (BM) – The Lebanese news agency Al-Masdar News reports that the Turkish Ministry of Defense has launched two new operations in Syria. They will be held along the Turkish-Syrian border and are in the region of Mardin, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned.
Turkey’s defense ministry announced the news on Tuesday [January 26th]. In parallel with these two operations, Turkish forces began new military and police operations to counter the Kurdish Workers’ Party. They are part of the already started large-scale activity of ARN, which began two weeks ago.
The ARN will cover military and police activities in the state of Agri and the state of Diyarbakir. Ankara has announced that gendarmerie and police will take part in these operations, with a total of more than 2,500 staff, distributed in hundreds of teams.
War in Syria
In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed that a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would use power.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January, a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind several Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.
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