After yesterday’s unsuccessfull push to the ISIS-held town of Al-Bab in the Syrian province of Aleppo, the Turkish leadership reportedly decided to expand military presence in the war-torn country.
Up to 300 elite Turkish commandos will enter Syria to fight ISIS terrorists and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) whilst supporting the Free Syrian Army and Islamist militants, according to Anadolu News.
The commandos will come from the 11th Command Brigade.
A source told Anadolu News that the 11th Command Brigade have already been airlifed to Syria from the Cardak Military Airport in Western Turkey.
Turkish forces crossed into Syria on August 24 under the pretext of expelling ISIS from the border region but have cleared some 1,800 square kilometers (694 square miles) from not only ISIS, but also the Kurdish-led SDF.
Anadolu News provides own explanation of reasons of the Turkish military operation in Syria:
Operation Euphrates Shield, launched in late August by Turkey, aims at improving security, supporting coalition forces and eliminating the terror threat along Turkey’s border using Free Syrian Army fighters backed by Turkish armor, artillery, and jets.
Since the start of the Turkish military campaign, so-called “opposition fighters” have shown themselves as a low efficiency force that is hardly able to make significant gains against Kurdish YPG forces or ISIS without direct support of the Turkish Armed Forces. This is why Turkey is pushed to deploy more and more military equipment and troops to support its military operation in the country.