According to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish Armed Forces are ready to invade Syria.
“If necessary, we can take the same measures in Syria, as we took in Iraq, in Qandil [the mountain range in Northern Iraq],” Le Figaro cites Ahmet Davutoglu. The statement references to attacks that Turkish military conducted against PKK positions in the Qandil region of Iraq in 2015. These attacks were made without any agreements with the Iraqi government or a UN mandate.
The Turkish Prime Minister also added that Turkey expects to get the support of its “friends and allies”.
However, the real goal of the Turkish actions is far away from opposing militancy or even ISIS in Syria. On Feb. 13, Turkish military started a cross-border artillery shelliing against the position of Kurdish YPG units which fight ISIS in the Aleppo province of Syria. Such actions are clearly helping ISIS to hold the ground in this area.
These statement confirm the Erdogan regime’s agressive attitude over any attempts to solve the Syrian crisis with diplomatic measures. The militants backed mainly by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are losing the war. Furthermore, major militant groups (ISIS, al-Nusra, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and other affiliated organizations) supported by these countries are officially recognized as terrorists. Thus, Turkey has already lost any kind of diplomatic standoff over Syria.
Thus Turkey and ‘its partners’ are pushing to escalation in the region:
- Turkey has concentrated a significant military force (mainly the Turkish 2nd Army) on the border with Syria.
- The Turkish elites are clearly involved in the oil smuggling buisiness with Syrian and Iraqi terrorists.
- Turkey has been seeking to implement its long-standing plan aimed to occupy Northern Syria in order to help anti-government forces (al Nusra, ISIS and others) and set a Turkish-controlled anclave there.
- Such actions clearly leads to an escalation in the region and fueling the chances of a global war between global powers involved in the conflict.