Fearing the activity of the American armed contingent in Syria, Turkey intends to conduct another military operation in the neighboring country.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan argues that the escalation of tensions can be avoided if terrorist groups withdraw their forces from the Turkish border. At the same time, he stressed that the United States is interested in creating a new war zone near the border of Syria and Iraq.
“The day before, terrorists who were preparing terrorist attacks on our territory were neutralized. It is very clear that the United States intends to create a new war zone near the Syrian-Iraqi border. This marks new tragedies. If the terrorists do not leave our border, we will take measures”, — Erdogan said.
In recent years, Turkey has conducted three major military operations in Syria. Erdogan’s latest Syrian adventure was marked by a major failure.
In early 2020, Ankara sent troops to Syria to support local armed gangs fighting the Syrian army. The advance soon got bogged down, Erdogan was unable to secure NATO support, and Russia made it clear that it would continue to help free Syria from terrorists. As a result, Erdogan was forced to travel to Moscow to negotiate with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The result of the meeting was the announcement of a ceasefire in Idlib.