US and Turkey will pursue common interests in Syria

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States and Turkey will continue to work together to promote common interests in Syria, State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a briefing on March 2, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

“We have common interests with our Turkish partners in Syria. We will continue to work constructively with Turkey to achieve our shared interests in the future,” Price said in response to a question about the prospects for cooperation between Washington and Ankara on Idlib.

We recall you that on February 19, Turkish resident Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara was ready to launch hostilities in Idlib amid failed Russian-Turkish contacts. Turkey made these statements against the background of successful offensives by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in recent months, which has deprived Turkey of hopes of maintaining its influence in this part of Syrian territory.

US has already launched an air strike in Syria

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on February 26 the US President Joe Biden’s first military operation was already done. The United States launched the first airstrike on Iranian bases in Syria, located near Iraq’s border.

In a Pentagon statement, the United States said the airstrikes were in response to Iranian attacks in Iraq earlier this month. Analysts say the US strikes show no intention of expanding the US contingent in the region. According to them, these strikes are a demonstration of force.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters that the US strikes were a response to Shiite actions since February 15. According to him, the United States is confident in Shiites’ involvement, and therefore the attacks were carried out.

“We said several times that we would respond on our timeline,” Austin said. “We wanted to be sure of the connectivity, and we wanted to be sure that we had the right targets.”

A Pentagon spokesman said US airstrikes had achieved their goal. “We have destroyed many facilities at a border checkpoint.” According to Kirby, this checkpoint is using by battle groups of Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada

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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