As Turksih media and officials continue making exaggerated statements about ‘victories’ during the recent Operation Spring Shield in Syria, the time has come to admit some casualties.
On March 9, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed that during the last month 59 Turkish soldiers had been killed in Syira’s Idlib.
He also indirectly claimed that the Damascus government supports ‘terrorism’ (in the eyes of Turkey) by saying that “the Syrian regime’s direction of all its forces towards Idlib at a time when one-third of its territories is under occupation by the YPG reveals other goals and objectives.”
“Our main goal is to create a suitable environment for the safe return of 3.6 million Syrians, who live on our lands, and 1.5 million Syrians existing in Idlib on our borders to their homes safely,” Erdogan claimed.
Therefore, Erdogan have no problems with al-Qaeda-linked groups in Idlib, but is very concerned by Kurdish militias operating in northwestern Syria.
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