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Syria, Turkey leaves the south of Idlib. It is feared that it points to the east

Turkey demobilizes its military presence south of Idlib following the progress of the Syrian army offensive towards Barah. The aim is to prevent SAA and TAF from coming into contact

Turkey evacuates its troops from the south of Idlib, after the Syrian army (SAA) has gained ground as it approaches Barah. The TAF have in fact begun to leave the fixed posts and observation points in Morek, Shir Meghar, Sarman and Ma’ar Httat to head inside the province. Objective: to avoid contact with the SAA in order not to wreck the fragile truce between Damascus and Ankara. Russian fighters also intervened in the operation, carrying out various bombings on the positions of local jihadists in the quadrant, especially on Mount Zawiya. On the one hand, they want to keep them busy to avoid the danger of targeting Turkish convoys on the move. On the other  it’s, an attempt to favor the soldiers in their advance towards the city, weakening the enemy lines of defense.

The Damascus offensive suits Ankara, which now seems to be aiming more insistently towards the East

For Ankara, according to international analysts, the Syrian army offensive does not create any particular problems. Rather. Turkey on the one hand knows very well that the SAA will never exceed the M4, thanks to the guarantees received from Moscow. On the other hand, however, it is likely to try to exploit it to expand east into Kurdistan. It is no coincidence that in the past few hours there have been sudden and unmotivated air raids on the highway in the Ain Issa area. It seems that the ground is being prepared to get assets deployed so far in Idlib in the quadrant. This could be the prelude to an increase in military presence in the region, as the SDF fear. On the other hand, Ankara has never made any secret of having great interest in the area. In fact, it has long since begun to carry out a silent operation to de facto annex the territory, replacing the local population with more “aligned” families.

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