Turkey is threatening to resume the Spring Shield operation in Syria. Erdogan: If Damascus violates the truce we will attack again. Meanwhile, on March 15, Russia-TAF joint patrols on the M4 begin
Turkey is threatening to resume the Spring Shield operation in Syria if its counterpart, Damascus, does not respect the truce. This was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in response to the latest events in Idlib which have seen contacts between the SAA and the TAF and attacks on observation posts. Meanwhile, joint patrolling of Ankara and Russian troops will begin on 15 March along the M4 highway, which from Saraqib reaches Latakia. There are no official confirmations, but it seems that Moscow soldiers will watch over the southern axis of the border while the rest of the northern axis. The agreement on the ceasefire, in fact, provides for the creation of a six-kilometer security corridor around the M4 and joint control activities in the area between Trumba and Ain al-Havr.
Erdogan looks for an excuse to resume the offensive, this time without vetoes. Since the day of the truce agreement, Ankara has been sending troop convoys to Idlib. Furthermore, the small clashes between the SAA and the TAF do not justify the threats
Erdogan’s threat to take back Spring Shield is concrete. In fact, since the day of the truce agreement with Damascus, Turkey has been sending troop convoys to Idlib. These pass through the Kafr Loosin pass and enter the Syrian province. They formally reinforce observation posts. In fact, they are suspected of providing support to militias fighting the SAA and preparing to take action if Ankara requests it. Not surprisingly, the Turkish president first offered Russia to acquire control of Deir Ezzor’s oil fields and co-manage them together. Then, he stressed – although there were only small clashes between the Damascus army and the TAF – that the reaction will not be limited to reprisals and that the deployment and movements of the SAA and allied militias are being monitored closely. In fact, he looks for an excuse to attack again, this time without obstacles.