DAMASCUS, (BM) – A Turkish artillery and missile attack was carried out on January 4th by Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s troops in northern Syria, Aleppo province. The Lebanese news agency Al-Masdar News and several field sources confirm the news, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Turkish troops have reportedly attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forces, which oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The Syrian Democratic Forces are formations backed by the United States and a coalition.
The Lebanese agency writes that Turkish troops have not ceased fire in recent months in the area. All this has led to the eviction of many families. Al-Masdar News rhetorically notes that it is in this area that Russian troops are present, which have so far not responded to Turkish provocations.
Military analysts say the Turkish military is interested in the cities of Ain Isa and Manbij. This data could explain Monday’s attacks on Turkish troops in the province, which is still mainly under the control of Syrian democratic forces. Turkey has long categorized these Syrian forces as “Syria’s main enemy.” The Syrian Democratic Forces are backed and linked to the PKK, which has been declared a terrorist organization in Turkey.
War in Syria
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, 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, concluded an agreement according to which 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 be able to use force.
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 a number of 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. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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