After meeting with Putin, Turkish tanks are leaving Idlib
DAMASCUS, ($1=1,257.86 Syrian Pounds) – Field sources at BulgarianMilitary.com report that there is a lot of Turkish activity in the area around the southern part of the M4 highway. Turkish armored vehicles and tanks are leaving this part of the country and are located to the north. Our sources claim that the Turkish presence around the M4 highway remains, but after the activity of leaving a large part of the armored vehicles, it is no longer so noticeable.
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Analysts say it is part of an agreement between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that a meeting between the two leaders of the two countries took place on September 29 in Sochi.
The withdrawal of much of Turkey’s ground equipment coincided with a statement by the Syrian Arab Army earlier this week, which said it was preparing a military operation with Russian troops and Iranian militias against terrorist groups in Idlib. The withdrawal of a large part of the Turkish troops may be temporary and may be related to similar planned operations in the area. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that in the past there were cases when Turkish bases and military units were mistakenly attacked during anti-terrorist operations.
BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that in recent months, Russian fighter jets have carried out a series of airstrikes on terrorist groups in the area, and the Syrian army has been advancing on the ground. Such actions show that the Russians intend to give great support to the Syrians to regain control of Idlib, located south of the M4 highway. We remind you that it was in this part of Idlib that Turkey refused to implement the agreement with Russia to de-escalate the situation.
The civil war in Syria
The Syrian civil war has been going on for almost a decade. Attempts by movements such as the Syrian Democratic Forces to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have failed.
The Syrian democratic forces are armed by allies and the United States, while the Syrian army is armed mainly by Russia. Russia is the only country officially invited to Syria by President Bashar al-Assad.
In 2017, the United States launched a massive missile strike on Bashar al-Assad’s forces after a report emerged that the Syrian president had used chemical weapons to attack his people in the country. Syria and Russia deny such actions.
During his tenure, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw much of US troops from Syria, leaving several troops to guard Syria’s oil fields on the pretext of “falling into the hands of Islamic State.”
With the withdrawal of the United States, Turkey comes to the fore, declaring it necessary to deal with the Kurds and the PKK movement in the northern part of the country, which borders Turkey. That is why Erdogan is sending troops in an attempt to build a stable and secure 30km zone between Syria and Turkey, which will prevent future terrorist attacks on Turkish territory, as it is.
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 2020, 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 military 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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