Turkey in Idlib tries the PsyOps card with the population. Leaflets launched on the Syrian province in which it is asked to cooperate, above all to allow joint patrols with Russia on the M4
Turkey tries to “speak” directly with the population of Idlib to reduce the hatred towards the TAF and the contrast of local inhabitants to joint patrols with Russia on the M4. In the past few hours, Ankara drones have dropped thousands of leaflets on the Syrian province in a PsyOps attempt. On the flyers, in Arabic and Turkish, is asked to cooperate with the army, which has always worked to “provide support” to civilians and “protect their properties”, also sacrificing several military personnel. In addition, they asked not to give weight to the “lies of those who want to feed deception and divisions”. The reference, although not explicit, is manifold. In addition to Damascus, the “enemies of the people” are the Qaedist militias (especially Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, HTS). The groups that opposed the passage of foreign soldiers on the highway and who support local protests, threatening attacks in case the convoys should venture inside the quadrant.
The attempt by Ankara, however, achieves the opposite effect. The inhabitants of the Syrian province are increasingly angry with the TAF. In addition, HTS gains additional weight
Turkey’s PsyOps operation in Idlib has, as expected, achieved the opposite effect. In fact, anger has grown among the inhabitants of the Syrian province. This is because they felt cheated by Ankara. The aids mentioned in the leaflets never came, unlike foreign troops who enter the quadrant on an almost daily basis. In addition, the TAF have had “unfriendly” behavior with the population, especially recently. Arriving in recent days also to shoot the crowd to end a protest on the M4 in the Mayrab area. So much so that Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s soldiers were forced to seek help from HTS to prevent the situation from escalating. Those who benefit from it, however, are the former Al-Nusra Front, whose weight is strengthened both against Turkey and rival militias.