DAMASCUS, ($1=1,257.86 Syrian Pounds) – Two Turkish soldiers were killed and three were injured in an attack by unknown assassins on Saturday in northern Syria in the province of Idlib. This was reported by the Turkish Defense Ministry, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“In the de-escalation zone” Idlib “on September 11, 2021, during the search and investigation activities as a result of an attack on our units, two of our servicemen were killed” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Yeni Safak newspaper claims members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a separatist organization, are behind the attack.
At the same time, a Russian source claims that in the province of Aleppo, the Turkish army was unpleasantly surprised by Kurdish troops. It is about the kind of attack that the Kurds have undertaken. According to the Russians, two Turkish armored personnel carriers were destroyed by the Kurds after they dug a tunnel under them and knocked them out with a powerful explosion, and the ground and earth swallowed them. Photos of the alleged attack are being circulated on the Internet, but BulgarianMilitary.com cannot confirm the veracity of the photos or the veracity of the information at this stage.
We remind you that only a day ago the Turkish base Al-Bab was attacked by Kurds. Sources claim that ammunition and military equipment warehouses were destroyed. This is the reason for Ankara’s decision to send additional special forces to Syria as a matter of urgency.
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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